LUNCH AT THE THOMAS DANIELL
The interior is fun and quirky, with large scrubbed pine tables for big groups, a pile of board games in the corner, and super-helpful, friendly staff.
We visited the TD (as it’s known) for a family lunch with friends last Saturday.
The menu is classic gastropub fare, ranging from homemade soup and crusty bread (£5.20) and a club sandwich (£6.50), to mussels and chips (£9.50 and jolly good according to Jim and Sophie), burgers and Asian pork noodles (both £9.95).
There is a decent wine list with a good selection of wines by the glass, and eight beers on tap.
The specials board had some more adventurous dishes: a cauliflower and cheddar cheese risotto with parmesan and truffle oil (£9.95), and slow cooked pork belly (pictured below) with bubble and squeak potato, crackling, and a cider and brandy sauce (£11.95).
I opted for the whole roasted plaice with crab and tomato sauce and buttered samphire (£13.95). It was very tasty, the fish was well cooked and the crab and tomato sauce really brought it to life.
It came on a bed of kale instead of samphire, and could have done with some potatoes alongside the fish. There was a lot of roe in the plaice, which I don’t like to eat, but I was assured that this was normal.
The children’s menu is fab, everything priced at £5: cheese and tomato sandwich with chips, mini burger and chips, fish pie with garlic bread, and pasta with butter and cheese.
Puds were delicious. I had the dark chocolate and almond torte with salted caramel sauce. The base was crispy and nutty and the dark chocolate filling was silky smooth.
Others chose a comforting sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, and a rich vanilla crème brûlée with homemade shortbread. All were under £6.
The children had Callestick Farm ice cream.
In short, this is the kind of pub you feel so comfortable in that you will go back again and again. It’s good value and friendly with a really relaxed atmosphere.
They’re currently running Monday Wine Society evenings (until 29 February) when you can bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner, for a £4 corkage charge.
I’m looking forward to trying out the evening menu soon.