In our house the general rule for Sundays is ‘do little and eat lots’…but when there is only two of you to feed, cooking a Sunday roast starts to feel like more work then fun.
Luckily, about ten minutes away from us is The Trent Lock, a cosy gastro pub with roaring fires and a great roast dinner menu. It is part of the ‘vintage pub’ chain, so elements of the menu and wine list can feel a bit predictable but the decor and ambiance more than makes up for this. In the summer they have a huge beer garden which leads all the way down to the river – very picturesque.
The wine selection was reasonable, with a 175ml glass of Malbec being under £6 but D felt that the beer selection was somewhat lacking in variety.
The Sunday menu is slightly more limited than their standard menu, but there are still plenty of options if you don’t fancy a traditional roast dinner. My second choice would have been the beer battered fish and chips – which looked very good from the table next to is.
As well as the standard roast options they also offer the ‘vintage roast platter’ which is a selection of three different meats, stuffing, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings, duck fat roast potatoes, parsnips and mixed green veg. Being the gluttons that we are, and given that they were out of roast chicken (by 2:30 I might add!) we couldn’t resist.
The platter comes with turkey, beef and pork, all of which were cooked to perfection. The turkey was moist, the beef pink and the pork had a nice crunch to the fat. The duck fat potatoes were cooked to perfection – crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. D wasn’t too keen on the stuffing as he can be a bit funny about sweet and savoury mixed together (it had raisins in it) but personally I thought it worked really well. Sadly the green veg was overlooked and the sprouts were a bit mushy but overall the dish worked really well. The only issue I had was that the gravy was served already poured over the meat, whereas I would have preferred for it to come separately so I could add it to my veg and Yorkshire puds – instead I. Just mopped it up from the platter like a heathen! (And I have no shame about this)
After all of the food there was no way either of us could face dessert, and having seen the portion sizes I am glad we didn’t. We did however manage to split a cheese board between us. It came with three cheeses – Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Ford Farm cheddar and Cornish Brie, more than enough for the two of us. The chutney it came with was a bit sweet for my liking, but the oat biscuits were a delight.
Overall we were really happy with our meal, and felt it was good value for money. The service was friendly but not pushy, which in my mind is a perfect combination. Definitely can’t wait to get back and test out the full menu soon 🙂
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