Sunday, 25 October 2009

Nice pub - shame about the grub

The King's Head at Wadenhoe is a delightful pub in a delightful village. A handsome old stone building with a decent range of beers and a friendly welcome - you can even moor at the end of the garden. It's the sort of place you'd expect to be snobby but it is genuine and down to earth.
It's also, given its setting among the upmarket villages of the Nene valley, the sort of place you'd expect to have pretty decent food. Especially when you see the prices: a roast lamb Sunday lunch at £11.95 ain't cheap for a pub. And that's just the main course - puddings are a fiver.
Pleasantly served and nicely presented, it all looked good but the meat was chewy, the potatoes weren't crispy and the whole dish lacked any sort of sparkle. The home-made apple crumble that followed was stodgy and dry. What a disappointment. We weren't surprised to see another meal returned to the kitchen virtually un-eaten.
If we hadn't been typical uncomplaining Brits we 'd have said something. Instead we went back to the boat and I reflected on just how exceptional Starwoman's Sunday roasts were by comparison!

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