Jump to content


Welcome to the eG Forums!

These forums are a service of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts. Anyone can read the forums, however if you would like to participate in active discussions please join the Society.

Photo

Pubs - the topic


  • Please log in to reply
125 replies to this topic

#31 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 09 May 2009 - 08:13 AM

RED LION, CRICK, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Yet another from fiveminutesaway.com. Just off Junction 18, M1.

A traditional village pub right down to the thatched roof. They're making a bit of an effort with a traditional pub lunchtime menu. Plenty of folk in just having a pint or three, but plenty also eating.

Mrs H wasnt very hungry and just wanted a sandwich. And a few chips of course. Corned beef sandwich was a corned beef sandwich but English and French mustard together with horseradish was brought without asking. Decent chips.

I had a portion of chicken, leek and ham pie, which had a sufficiently reasonable shortcrust pastry to make me think it had probably been made on the premises. With it, some carrots, cabbage and new potatoes. Unfortunately, the dish was marred by a canteen-like gravy poured over everything.

Not my greatest pub "find" whilst out and about, but a damn sight better than anything Watford Gap services would have had to offer.
John Hartley

#32 nikkib

nikkib
  • participating member
  • 1,203 posts

Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:16 AM

anyone know of anything near chichester?
"Experience is something you gain just after you needed it" ....A Wise man

#33 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:32 AM

THE BOOT INN, WILLINGTON, Nr KELSALL, CHESHIRE

Nothing remotely gastro about this country pub - but it's my default lunch spot when I'm out that way towards Chester. The main menu is a collection of the "usual suspects" for decent pub food - Barnsley chop, fish pie, good sandwiches and the like. The "specials" board normally has some treats, as today - a starter of local asparagus with poached egg. Asparagus was freshness itself and cooked leaving a bit of bite. Unfortunately, egg was overdone leaving it pretty much useless for dunking.

Main was a steak & ale pie. Long cooking and very generous portion of meat; the beer coming from Weetwood Brewery, just down the road in Tarporley. Chips were decentish - frozen, of course, but fried to a nice crispy brown.
John Hartley

#34 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 09 July 2009 - 02:16 PM

WHEATSHEAF, RABY, WIRRAL

My thanks to MaLO and Pearclove for mentioning this place on another thread as a possible lunch spot.

Village pub - thatched roof and old beams, coupled with modern furniture and a decent array of real ales. Lot's of seating and I'd reckon this is an eating, not drinking, sort of place. Definitely not "gastro", the lunch menu are pub classics. Steak pie; ham/free range egg/chips; salads; sandwiches - that sort of thing. And, based on the look of passing plates, done very well.

There's short specials board which had some interesting stuff. For example, a rarebit made from a very tangy cheese and one of the guest beers, a bitter called Rhode Island Red (brewed on Wirral). Mrs H had this as her main, after a well dressed salad with shreds of good quality ham mixed through. She also had a pint of the bitter and declared it a good un. Greedy bugger that I am, I had the rarebit as a starter, followed by a lemon and thyme grilled chicken baguette (which was underwhelming). "Fat chips" were not good - but they never are , are they?.

Worth it just for the rarebit!
John Hartley

#35 nikkib

nikkib
  • participating member
  • 1,203 posts

Posted 30 July 2009 - 10:34 AM

THE BOOT INN, WILLINGTON, Nr KELSALL, CHESHIRE

Nothing remotely gastro about this country pub - but it's my default lunch spot when I'm out that way towards Chester. The main menu is a collection of the "usual suspects" for decent pub food - Barnsley chop, fish pie, good sandwiches and the like. The "specials" board normally has some treats, as today - a starter of local asparagus with poached egg. Asparagus was freshness itself and cooked leaving a bit of bite. Unfortunately, egg was overdone leaving it pretty much useless for dunking.

Main was a steak & ale pie. Long cooking and very generous portion of meat; the beer coming from Weetwood Brewery, just down the road in Tarporley. Chips were decentish - frozen, of course, but fried to a nice crispy brown.

View Post



Happened upon this place whilst up North recently and thought the name sounded familiar - a great little country pub all round. The menu is large and comprises everything from the "speciality" ploughmans ( we had a cheese one with 5 local cheeses on it £8.25, a huge portion at that - delicious) and sandwiches etc to light bites "Duo of black and white pudding, mustard potatoes, bacon and slow roasted onions" £6.95 or "Pan fried lambs kidneys, cracked black pepper, red wine and toasted crouton" £6.70 to traditional pub mains - "Beer Battered Fish and Chips, mushy peas" £11.50 and "Steak and Ale Pie" £9.95. Specials were a bit more imaginative - "Crab salad with lime and coriander (forget the price but around the £8 i think.) A couple of good bitters/lagers on draught and 4 white/red wines by the glass means i am sure this would be a nice enough drinking pub too. Nice Beer garden out the back, clean and prompt, friendly service - definitely wotrth a visit if you are in the area.
"Experience is something you gain just after you needed it" ....A Wise man

#36 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 30 July 2009 - 10:59 AM

Oh, I'm glad to hear the ploughman's is back on offer. It's been missing for over 12 months.

Whilst keeping it local, they used to vary the offerings now & again. Best bet was always when they had the selection of Bourne's Cheshire.
John Hartley

#37 nikkib

nikkib
  • participating member
  • 1,203 posts

Posted 30 July 2009 - 03:35 PM

Also another great find although definitely more gastro than pub (cannot imagine anyone pops in just for a drink) was the Plough and Flail in Mobberley 01565 873537 . A dozen starters/mains and a handful of puds with a good looking specials board menat we had a very enjoyable meal there. The table size (10 of us) didn't cause them any hassle and the staff were friendly and knew their dishes well, something that can be sadly lacking in places like this. Only 4 white/red by the galss though which when the pub is this foody is a shame i think - they were pretty bog standard pub wines but decently enough priced i suppose. I started with Fresh Roasted Figs, Delamere Goats Cheese and Orange and Cardomom dressing which was very good indeed although perhaps a bit on the stingy side for £6.95. other starters for our group included a delicious fish platter (for 2 to share) at £13.95 which incuded crab, potted shrimp, crayfish, smoked salmon, prawn cocktail, smoked mackerel and king prawns and a decent crayfish, smoked chicken and avocado salad @ £6.95. For mains i had the special starter of Crab with Chilli, lime and coriander at around £7.50 which was very good indeed and the others went mostly for either one of the delicious looking pies - Steak/onion with garden peas and chips £11.95 Fish Pie of smoked haddock salmon and prawns £12.95, Alan Jackson's (no me neither) Pork and leek sausages and mash £9.95 or the special of Roast monkfish, patatas bravas with chorizo and some greenery at around £15 i think. Portion sizes (my starter excluded) were generous to a fault, as were the puddings which included some very good (homemade?) ice creams nand the usual suspects like Creme brulee and steamed chocolate pudding. Our bill came to around £250 for pre dinner drinks, 2 bottles of wine, 1/2 the table on 2 courses 1/2 on 3, coffees and about 12 pints of local bitter which i thought was pretty good indeed. Apparently they do a graet sunday lunch too which i would maybe head back for after a good long walk.
"Experience is something you gain just after you needed it" ....A Wise man

#38 eatenmess

eatenmess
  • participating member
  • 98 posts
  • Location:England

Posted 30 July 2009 - 04:58 PM

The Talbot at Knightwick in Herefordshire i believe but dont take my word on that one.

brew their own beers behind the pub with hops from behind the brewery! Have pigs and chickens which they use for meat and eggs (respectively!!)
The mother and daughter who own it take local produce to a different level, i met a chef there one and he says hardly anything comes from further a field then Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
The décor is very much old english pub, something getting rarer and rarer as the pubs who once served good beer now claim to serve good food in their snazzy new pub restaurant. hops hang from ceilings, muddy boots that have some story about a local beater are nailed to the beams, the chairs and bar stools made by the owners nephew who is a blacksmith.
The kitchen garden grows an array of ingredients used in the kitchen widely im told.

I very much enjoyed what i stumbled across on my walk! never knw such a place existed round those parts.

#39 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 31 July 2009 - 02:33 AM

Alan Jackson's (no me neither) Pork and leek sausages


Good quality (but bleeding' expensive) butcher in nearby Alderley Edge.

It is a "thing" for local places to mention they use his meat.
John Hartley

#40 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 07 August 2009 - 04:36 AM

SHEPHERD'S CROOK, CROWELL, OXFORDSHIRE

Yet another of my motorway finds from www.5minutesaway.com. This one off Junction 6 of the M40. A village pub, half of which is set out for drinking , the other half for eating.

There was a short menu of the usual suspects by way of sandwiches and I was tempted by the "fish & chips butty" with tartare sauce. Amongst the light meals (mercifully not "lite bites"), was ham, egg & chips of which I'd seen mention in an online review as being a fine example. But, as often, it was the handful of items on the specials board that had the interest.

Smoked haddock with a blue cheese rarebit topping, some dressed salad and a few new potatoes. The topping could have overpowered by the smokiness of the fish stood up to it well and it really was a mouthfull packed with flavour. There appeared to be a good range of beers and the landlord carefully explained to another customer what each was like. A note of caution, however, in rip-off soft drink prices. My pint of line and soda cost £3. Yes, three bleeding quid!

The pub is a couple of miles from the motorway towards Princes Risborough.

There's also a pretty decent place if you turn the other way from the junction. Look out for the sign to Lewknor, only a few hundred yards down the road. The Leathern Bottle is another village pub, doing a reasonable array of pub classics, together with quite a good looking specials board. I only had a sandwich on a previous trip - but it was a nicely cooked chicken breast, with some salad and mayo on a crisp baguette.
John Hartley

#41 nikkib

nikkib
  • participating member
  • 1,203 posts

Posted 07 August 2009 - 07:40 AM

I had a very good meal at The Carpenters Arms 89-91 Black Lion Lane, London - 020 8741 8386 a couple of weekends ago. Theres a pretty decently priced winelist and they offer wines in carafes as well as bottles which i alsways enjoy. I started with a good Potted Crab, others went for oysters, labneh and flat bread and a really delicious snail, white bean and merguez stew topped with afried egg and baked.I would have liked the egg yolk a little runnier but thats a minor complaint for what was a great dish. Mains were a huge wild boar steak with walnuts, black cherries and broad beans, a good rib eye steak and i had plaice with samphire and brown shrimps. All were a success, the wild boar i thought was particularly good and all the ingredients looked so vibrant - they obviously source their ingredients well. Portions were very generous, i would have been happy with 1/2 the plaice and i don't have a small appetite. We didn't have dessert as we were too full but i didn't think any of them looked particularly attention grabbing (and i can't remember what any of them even were which kind of proves it i suppose) Service was friendly and food was pretty well timed too. I would definitely head back if i was in the area as it was a pretty fairly priced (starters £7/£8 ish mains £15-£17) for the standard of cooking and ingredients and i had a very enjoyable afternoon there. Anglesea Arms is next on my list of West London Gastros.
"Experience is something you gain just after you needed it" ....A Wise man

#42 nikkib

nikkib
  • participating member
  • 1,203 posts

Posted 25 August 2009 - 05:02 AM

The Ostrich at castle Acre in Norfolk http://www.ostrichcastleacre.com/
A very nice lunch here yesterday. Castle acre is a pretty little town not far from Kings Lynn. I started with whitebait, crisply fried and served with tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon and then followed this up with fish cakes - two large fishcakes made from white crab meat, salmon and smoked haddock with a cucumber, radish and cornichon salad. My father had a delicious tart of tomato, feta and caramelised onion to start as well as the fishcakes and my Mother chose a crab sandwich, white and brown meat in a large granary bap with cucmber salad which unsurprisingy for this part of the world was beautiful and fresh. The two course meals were £10.95 (£13.95 if we had added treacle tart) and the sandwich was£7.95. They had a decent wine list and a couple of local beers on draught as well as the usual suspects. Worth popping in for good home cooked pub grub if you are in the area.
"Experience is something you gain just after you needed it" ....A Wise man

#43 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 16 September 2009 - 10:00 AM

GLASFRYN, RAIKES LANE, MOLD
Situated on the fringe of Mold’s industrial estate, this place doesn’t look too great but as you drive into the car park, you see there are some great views, and on a warmer day, it’d be nice to sit outside on the extensive terrace or lawn. I'd come here because it’s a Brunning & Price place and I should get a decent lunch. Most folk who have come are, judging by the number of ID badges being worn, local workers on their lunch break.

I started with corned beef hash, poached egg and brown sauce. When it came, it looked a good plate – brown sauce drizzled cheffily across the plate, a tennis ball sized lump of hash, crumbed and fried to crisp, a bit of lettuce and topped with the egg. But it came far, far too quickly for it have done anything but sit around somewhere for a long time waiting for someone to order it. More unfortunately, it had sat somewhere not hot, so when I cut into it was just lukewarm. And it was just so bland – not just underseasoned but the meat underflavoured. The brown sauce was the only thing perking it up.

Better, much better, was the main course. Braised shoulder of lamb (or, seeing as I was in Wales, should that be llamb) – hefty portion, flavoursome, tender. A good ratatouille – nice rounded flavours, not cooked to a mush, the courgette particularly holding some texture. Pesto mash.
John Hartley

#44 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 12 October 2009 - 06:55 AM

HAND & TRUMPET, WRINEHILL, NR. CREWE

Perhaps I'm getting pickier as I get nearer the free bus pass. Or perhaps the food at Brunning & Price place ain't what it ought to be. But this is now two very indifferent starters I've had in recent weeks.

A ham hock, apricot and pistachio terrine tasted of none of these things and I couldnt detect any sign of apricot or pistachio. This was just a solid lump of bland meat encased in proscuitto. The accompanying piccalli did nothing to lift it - no kick from vinegar or mustard, this was just a spoonful of yellow vegetables.

The main course burger was a much better event. In fact, pretty much everything you want from a burger - a good sized piece of quite tasty meat,topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle (Mrs Elwoods?), bacon and cheese. Cracking good coleslaw on the side. And what would have been star chips if they been fried for just a tad longer - but still, pretty good proper chip-sized chips.
John Hartley

#45 Chelseasmile

Chelseasmile
  • participating member
  • 4 posts

Posted 15 October 2009 - 04:44 AM

Try the Star & Dove in Bristol http://www.thestaranddove.co.uk/. Used to be owned by a lad who was head chef at Fifteen in Shoreditch but he closed at the start of the year. Smallish menu that sings the praises top quality local produce. The food is very much being aimed at the guide book masses with a great deal of attention being paid to presentation. The food is very, very good. In places interesting, sometimes a little funny but overall of a very high standard. For my money the best place to eat in Bristol at the moment.

#46 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 15 October 2009 - 07:35 AM

Hi there.

I've no real wish to be picky on your first post but, just for clarification, you mention the previous owner of this pub. How does this affect the current ownership and food style?

You also mention the food is aimed at the "guide book masses", a phrase I don't read as a compliment, particularly as you suggest those of us who use guide books might be more interested in presentation than, possibly, taste. It'd be helpful if you could clarify what you're trying to say about the place. What have you eaten recently that was particularly good?

J
John Hartley

#47 Chelseasmile

Chelseasmile
  • participating member
  • 4 posts

Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:18 AM

When the Star & Dove was opened by the previous owners the local P.R machine went into overdrive telling anybody who would listen that the chef was Jamie Oliver's protégé, how he had been responsible for the opening of Fifteen, and not allot was done to dispel the rumours that Jamie Oliver owned some, if not all of the business interests. Hell, they even ran a tasting menu called "my favourite bits of fifteen".

Although there may have been a strong background, and the place opened to rave reviews, cracks soon started to appear and the Bristol public of whom I was one, voted with their feet and the place was closed inside a few years.

The reason I mentioned the previous regime is to say well done to the new one, who without fanfare have quietly got on with producing some food of serious note.

Saying that the food is aimed at the guide book masses, to me is a massive compliment. Not only does it show the ambition of a top draw public house but aspirations above and beyond as a destinational dining room.

On my last visit we ate smooth and rich chicken & duck liver parfait, sweet & sour beetroot with vanilla salt, chestnut chowder, pickled wild mushrooms & the most delicate chestnut bread.

Mains were hare, game & haricot bean stew, black bream with cockle beer broth and belly pork with individual whisky, smoked apple & black pudding pie.

Despite the obvious care and attention to aesthetics, nothing was sacrificed in taste and each dish punched way above its weight especially as nothing cost any more than thirteen quid.

Desserts showed a deft pastry touch with an impossibly thin base to a white chocolate & coconut tart served with sour milk sorbet. A little old school charm with steamed roly poly pudding & caramelised vanilla plums and a text book duck egg custard tart with more wobble than the millennium bridge.

I’m glad you questioned my first post J, as it allowed me more depth to clarify just how good I believe this place to be. I have a table again for next Tuesday so I’ll take a camera and post some pictures.

#48 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 15 October 2009 - 10:28 AM

Excellent. Always impressed with seeing hare being served. Thanks.
John Hartley

#49 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 19 October 2009 - 06:53 AM

SWETTENHAM ARMS, CHESHIRE

Somewhere in my head, a place crosses a line from being a pub that does good food and becomes a gastropub. I’m not sure where that line is or what makes the leap, but the Swettenham Arms remains firmly in the former camp, despite a brief “also recommended” in the GFG (2008 edition ?).

Roast beef was local, well hung and well flavoured and generously portioned. It came with a Yorkshire that was better than Aunt Bessie’s but not much more so. And roast and boiled spuds and some nice veggies. Also in the serving dish were some unnecessary chips – the menu states “our chips are never frozen” but the taste suggests the menu tells porkies. A proper gravy as well. I enjoyed this.

Herself had hotpot – an item from the “light meals” section but this was anything but a small girlie dish. Excellently flavoured, although the meat could have done with a little longer cooking to be perfect. The stars here were the non-traditional rosemary dumplings.

Out there in deepest rural Cheshire there is little competition and, with a couple of drinks, there was also little change from thirty quid.
John Hartley

#50 Sugar Apple

Sugar Apple
  • participating member
  • 38 posts
  • Location:British Virgin Islands

Posted 19 October 2009 - 09:50 AM

The Masons Arms in Branscombe was always my favorite. Good beer, local cider, straightforward pub food and on Sundays they used to do a big roast on a spit in the fireplace. Not sure if it's gone all gastro as I haven't been in a few years. Hope not.
Abigail Blake
Sugar Apple: Posts from the Caribbean
http://www.abigailblake.com/sugarapple

"Sometimes spaghetti likes to be alone." Big Night

#51 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 09 November 2009 - 07:55 AM

SUTTON HALL, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE

I promise you I'm not a "mystery diner" for Brunning & Price (although am open to offers). It's just that I seem to be near one of their places quite often round lunchtime these days. Sutton Hall has a nice ambiance to it - good outdoor space in the summer, tables inside scattered round the nooks & crannies of this 16th century building (once owned by Lord Lucan); the usual good service and fairly interesting menu.

As to food, one starter brought a generous bowl of thick and tasty pea and ham soup. Nice as it was, the flavour was somewhat indeterminate with nothing distinct by way of pea or ham. This was followed by a burger, with the fairly standard accompaniments of bacon, cheese, coleslaw, pickle, salad and a good sized portion of chips (which may well have been hand cut). Burger was good. Chips not so good, needing cutting into smaller, more chip-sized pieces and frying for a tad longer.

A salad of warm roasted artichokes, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and rocket came topped with a perfectly poached egg. This was bang-on as a starter, full of complementary tastes & texture. I followed this with guinea fowl – confit leg and roast breast. Another bit of spot-on cooking, with very delicious crispy skin to the leg. It came with a fondant potato and some mixed veg – the kale working particularly well. It was on the menu as having a shallot gravy and, whilst there were certainly shallots in the sauce, there was also an odd fruity sweetness that didn’t do much for it.

Drinks and a well earned tip brought the price to £40 which I reckoned was pretty good value.
John Hartley

#52 david goodfellow

david goodfellow
  • participating member
  • 1,352 posts
  • Location:midlands

Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:43 AM

Looked at this place a few times John, and its not so very far away from me, so inevitably will give it a try .

I missed your previous post on Glasfryn, another Brunning and Price place, perhaps we may not rush there.

Admit to being a big fan of theirs, the concept is wonderful, I instantly feel at home in one of their places and even though the food can sometimes be a bit of hit and miss, generally its very good for the money.

I keep a copy of their menus and If I'm stuck as to what to eat at home, dig them out,and hey presto, problem solved.
Its a collection of great comfort food.

Strangely enough some friends of ours came over from Spain recently and suggested we went to The Hand and Trumpet,round about the time that you dined there, we thought it was decent grub, nothing to put us off going back at all.

Been to seven of their places,our favorites are The Grosvenor Arms, and The Dysart Arms, which we visit more regularly than the others, however the last meal at the Dysart was a little under par.That is quite unusual as we dine here more than the others with no problem at all.
I asked if the chef was the same and was told a new chef had taken over the kitchen, and that he was from Pant Yr Ochain another one of Brunning and Price, where our meal there was again under par, hmmmm?

Still we all have off days, me more than others :biggrin: so am looking forward to eating their food again soon.

#53 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:01 AM

Should be able to give you a second opinion on the Dysart in a couple of weeks or so, David. I think it's the next of theirs on my "to visit" list. It's all lunches at present - Mrs H isnt yet recovered enough for evening entertainments yet - so we're starting to get through the pubs. Next stop the Wizard at Alderley Edge.
John Hartley

#54 david goodfellow

david goodfellow
  • participating member
  • 1,352 posts
  • Location:midlands

Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:12 AM

Been the Wizard, although perhaps up to a year ago, and was mightily impressed. From memory had scallops and some super tasty cod dish, your in for a treat if its the same standard.
Service was a bit lacking from the young Maitre D when I put him to task about the wrong vintage wine being served.

Is it still Michelin rated?

#55 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:44 AM

Yep. Still got a Michelin Bib. I have it mind that it's changed hands in the not too distant past and is now positioning itself as gastropub rather than "footballers wives" restaurant. It's donkeys years since I've been even though it is, literally, just up the road. Prices still seem to fit the Alderley/Prestbury/Wilmslow "Golden Triangle".
John Hartley

#56 Gary Marshall

Gary Marshall
  • participating member
  • 2,334 posts

Posted 09 November 2009 - 12:16 PM

interested and pleased to read that the brunning and price are serving decent food still as they are now part of restaurant group plc, frankie and benny's, chiquitos et al
you don't win friends with salad

#57 Bapi

Bapi
  • participating member
  • 1,028 posts

Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:24 AM

Damm, quote thingy didn't work. I am referring to The Pheasant at Burwardsley in Cheshire below.

We stopped here on the way back from from Ludlow earlier this week. As Harter's writes above, the views are lovely from its perch up on the Peckforton Hills-looking over as far as Wales.

A starter of Pil Pil style prawns was blah, but my special of a lamb hotpot ticked all the boxes, served with some some well spiced red cabbage. The other half's Fish Pie was generous and rich- perfect comfort food but the accompanying broccoli was just on nodding terms with hot water, being virtually raw. Our horror went for Chicken goujons and I rather liked the fact that they had taken the time to use Reg Johnson's cornfed chicken and then coated it in beer batter.

A perfectly pleasant stop off for us, but not a destination spot. Website

Edited by Bapi, 02 December 2009 - 09:29 AM.


#58 SaladFingers

SaladFingers
  • participating member
  • 209 posts

Posted 02 December 2009 - 02:32 PM

Queen's Head, Troutbeck

Situated in the middle of a rather vast valley and approachable via a medium length walk from Orrest Head, Windermere it stands relatively isolated and in perfect location. It has all the feel and charm a lakeland pub should have; a warm fire by the entrance; fell walkers with their dogs by the bar, low, wooden beams add character and there's plenty tables for those who choose to eat.

Food is very good and the menu seems to change each time I visit (every few months). I started with Homemade Crumpet, warm Goats Cheese, onion marmalade and dressed rocket. Don't know why, I can never resist goats cheese; the warmth of the melting cheese and the sweetness of the marmalade is my favourite combination. Partner had homemade Black Pudding, poached hen’s egg, crispy streaky bacon and a seed mustard vinaigrette. I had this, myself at the Punchbowl (Pub of the Year) a while back, but the Queen's version was far superior.

Roast belly of pork with creamed potatoes, garden pea puree, crispy pancetta and wholegrain mustard sauce did everything it was meant to and partners' Confit Duck Leg, rosti potato, spiced red cabbage, and a plum and Armagnac sauce looked (and smelt) delicious.

It's my new favourite pub.

#59 Mrs Foodie

Mrs Foodie
  • participating member
  • 67 posts

Posted 04 January 2010 - 11:34 AM

Very late reply to your post about pubs near Chichester Nikkib, but have you tried the Earl of March in Levant? It is run by the ex executive chef of the Ritz Hotel and by all accounts the food is pretty good. I've not had a full meal there but had one course in the bar and it was excellent. (pigeon breast salad). I tasted my companion's venison casserole and that was pretty good as well. They specialise in seafood and game (according to season). We called by en route home after a sailing trip from Chichester so it is pretty handy as on the main route to Midhurst. I think the owners have got another pub up the road as well now.
Would be interested to hear anyone else's reports on anything else good in the area.

Edited by Mrs Foodie, 04 January 2010 - 11:34 AM.


#60 Harters

Harters
  • participating member
  • 1,089 posts
  • Location:North Cheshire, UK

Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:46 AM

LEOPARD, BISHOPS TACHBROOK, WARWICKSHIRE

Another trip "down south". Another pub lunch find through fiveminutesaway.com.

A heavily modernised pub, owned by a small chain, just a few minutes from the M40, Junction 13. There’s a stylish bar area with sofas, where you can eat casually or, as I did, in the more formal dining room. Perhaps I made a mistake there as it was almost as bitterly cold in the room as it was outside.

There’s snacky things to eat, like the almost ubiquitous fish finger sandwich or a “posh hotdog”, involving pork sausages and a ciabatta roll. But there’s a reasonably full menu as well.

I started with haddock goujons. Good fish and lovely crisp batter. Homemade tartare sauce was OK but nothing to write home about.

The main of chicken breast in a garlic cream sauce was pretty much as you’d expect. A perfectly fine, unchallenging pleasant plate of food. It was just what you want when you breaking up a long car journey and won’t have time to walk off the effects of lunch. It came with sauté potatoes, leeks, broccoli and mangetout.
John Hartley