We live in Baldock and haven't eaten at this pub for a long time, mainly because the last time we went service was slow, the food mediocre and the price quite high. However I'm pleased to report that things have changed quite a bit. We just returned from a Saturday lunch there and the service was attentive, helpful (they immediately found a large cushion for my daughter to sit on), friendly and hospitable. The inside has been completely renovated and we liked what they'd done with the place. The beer I had (Bombardier) was well looked after and had been pulled to the top of the glass. The house red was, according to my wife, good enough for a house wine.
We had a couple of starters - baked camerbert and chicken liver pate. You can't go desperately wrong with baked cheese and it was accompanied by a homemade apple chutney, which although not aged at all, was deliciously home made. The cheese was yummy. The pate was clearly home made and v tasty too. It came with a red onion relish/marmelade, also home made and tasty, and very thinly sliced toasts. Oh, and both came with small salads. (Our daughter, 3, who normally avoids trying things thought it all looked good and tried a bit of all of it.)
My daughter had a half portion of fish and chips and I had the whole version. And it was large. The batter was thin and mostly crispy, homemade, and had a delicate and delicious beer/thyme flavour. The fish was cooked to perfection - really quite a rarity. It came with a home made tartare sauce, which was fine (could have done with a bit more acidity to lift it and the rest up a bit). I was impressed and my daughter ate most of hers, which was pleasing. My wife had the Thai veg curry. I have no idea why she chose it, possibly because she wanted something a bit lighter than meat or fish with chips. We cook our own thai stuff quite a lot at home and to good effect. Anyway, it was well flavoured and creamy but the veg was over-cooked and a bit mushy. Again, simply a good dose of acidity (lime) would have made it a lot better. (We suspected that while all the other stuff had been made pretty much from scratch, the curry had been sitting around for a day or two but we might be totally wrong on this.)
All in all we had some v tasty grub in a child friendly (but not especially designed for children) pub restaurant. The prices weren't dirt cheap but more or less matched the quality of produce, cooking and service. I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 - with cheaper pricing I'd happily give it a 5.
Well done guys, a good recovery from the Old Old White Horse days!
We went out for a working lunch with one of our bigger clients this week. Despite there only being 5 tables full (out of about 15), the food took over an hour to arrive, the orders came in parts as opposed to together (we were only 6 people, not a full 20-headed team), my order arrived 10 minutes AFTER everyone else's food. The chips were undercooked, the chicken wraps that were ordered were given to the wrong people, and "cajun" doesn't mean "lightly peppered and then heated up".
The staff were entirely unhelpful during our stay, telling us that the order hadn't been forgotten, that the pub was full (really? With that many tables empty??) and that the food will arrive in a few minutes (after getting up 3 times asn asking where our food was). My recommendation: DON'T order food from them at lunchtime
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