England Pubs / Bars National
The Partridge Inn (Singleton)
The last time I visited the Partridge Inn was in the 1990s and it was called the Fox and Hounds in those days. I used to work at Goodwood Racecourse, and Singleton is one of its nearest villages. However, I must confess that I'd only been to the Fox and Hounds less than a handful of times as it was a bit of a dive compared to other ... places in the area. The landlord at the time was distinctly odd, rather lecherous and the food nothing special, so we didn't go there much at all.
I have no idea when the Fox transmogrified into a Partridge, but I suspect it had something to do with the name being non PC and fitting in with New Labour's fox hunting ban. No matter, the arrival of my daily Groupon email in my inbox invited me to revisit this old haunt. The deal was for two starters and two main courses for £25 and I swiftly snapped it up. I'd read in the local newspaper that the Partridge Inn (along with The Earl of March pub in nearby Lavant) is now owned by Giles Thompson who used to be the executive head chef of the Ritz London, so I rather hoped with that sort of accolade the food would be a vast improvement on that on offer in the 90s. I rang and booked a table the day before we visited and made it clear we were on the Groupon deal. The gentleman on the other end of the phone was efficient, but rather brusque, and told me to ensure I brought my Groupon voucher with us on the night.
*** A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME.... ***
The pub dates from the sixteenth century and there are plenty of period features throughout the building. There's a delightful fireplace complete with beam above it saying "The Partridge Inn circa XVIth cent" done out in olde worlde script. Sadly it's not authentic - not in the slightest. The Partridge Inn was not called the Partridge Inn until sometime in the late 20th or early 21st century...before that it was called the Fox and Hounds, so if the beam was authentic it would have a different name on it! Talking of beams, the pub is full of them - both on the ceiling and on the walls. There are lots of little alcoves and crannies inside the pub so it's ideal for a romantic assignation or a quiet drink. Most of the walls are festooned with horseracing pictures of nearby Goodwood Racecourse.
I don't recall the garden at all from the 90s (and have no idea if it even had a garden in those days), so I was rather surprised to see an absolutely huge garden to the back of the pub. There are a pair of double doors leading to a terraced area and then a huge expanse of lawn beyond. Both the lawn and the terrace are laid out with some lovely garden furniture complete with cream brollies. Had the weather been warmer I would have loved to eat out there, but we had to make do with a swift and bracing drink outside and then make our way indoors to a warmer climate....despite it allegedly being "flaming June".
The pub has a large gravelled car park to the front and side of the building with plenty of space to leave your vehicle. There is also a little bit of parking on the street in the village of Singleton should the car park prove full.
*** BIRD WATCHING ***
We visited the Partridge on a cool Tuesday evening in June. Despite it being early in the evening, the pub was already fairly busy with both drinkers and diners. To their credit, there are plenty of tables in the pub if you just fancy a drink, unlike a lot of local gastro pubs where every single table in the building is laid up with cutlery thus sending out a clear message that drinkers are not so welcome.
The Partridge serves food every day, and there's plenty on offer to suit most tastes providing you're not looking for a cheap lunch. They have a bar snack menu with a range of very expensive sandwiches starting at a whopping £6.95. There are a range of salads from £9.95 and a small selection of light bites such as soup or ploughmans.
As well as the bar snacks, there is an à la carte menu with a good range of dishes on offer. Starters range in price from £3.75 to £8.50 and include tempting delights such as Shallot and Goat's Cheese Tarte Tatin with Rocket and Parmesan Salad, Chicken Liver with Smoked Bacon and Port Pâté, Berry Compote and toasted Pain d'Alsace or House Potted Brown Shrimps with toasted Pain d'Alsace.
Main courses start at £10.95 (scampi and chips) and go all the way up to £21.50 (fillet steak) and include a range of tempting options to choose from namely Salmon, Chive and Fresh Herb Fishcakes on Wilted Spinach and Creamed Leeks, Lamb's Liver with Bacon, Mash, Red Wine Jus and Seasonal Vegetables or Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet with Olive Crushed Potatoes and Sauce Vièrge to name but a few.
As well as the printed menu, there is of course the ubiquitous daily blackboard specials. On the evening we dined there I spotted Lamb Cutlets in Redcurrant Sauce and Fish and Chips with Minted Mushy Peas.
*** THE NAME OF THE GAME ***
I had reserved our table the day before and made them aware we were on the Groupon deal (£25 for two starters and two main courses). There was a problem with the lager pumps when we arrived so I wandered outside into the garden to enjoy a bit of the evening sun. My partner brought our drinks out with him five minutes later, but disappointingly he hadn't been offered any menus to bring with him despite alerting them to our reservation.
We had to go back inside the bar and sit at our designated table before the menus appeared. The host ran quickly through the menu and informed us of what we could and couldn't have on our Groupon deal. The blackboard specials beside the bar were off the agenda which was a pity as I quite fancied the lamb cutlets. However, the printed menu did not lack any choice, so I contented myself with that. For a Groupon deal, the Partridge was pretty good, and nearly everything on the menu was available to us (which you cannot say for many deals which tend to add supplements all over the shop). Here, the only supplement payable was if we wanted either fillet or rib-eye steak and even then it was only a paltry £3 charge.
For starters I chose Tiger Prawns pan fried with fresh Garlic and Herb butter and served with Rustic Bread at £8.50. The dish served was not really what I was expecting. I thought I'd receive a bowl with some medium sized peeled prawns swimming in butter. However, I actually got four huge Mediterranean prawns complete with heads and tails sitting in a pool of butter and millions of capers. I'm not a huge fan of capers and these were so strong in flavour they totally overpowered the garlic and herb flavours of the dish to the extent one couldn't taste anything but the capers. Now I love Mediterranean prawns as much as the next person, but they're extremely messy to eat, especially if they're coated in sauce. For heaven's sake if you're going to put whole unpeeled prawns on your menu, please, please, please serve them with a fingerbowl, or at least a pile of napkins or some of those scented finger wipes. Unfortunately, the Partridge managed to serve their prawns without any means of cleaning oneself up afterwards, so I had to spend a good five minutes in the ladies trying to get bits of prawn out of my finger nails. A black mark to the Partridge for their lack of consideration for their messy diners here. That said, the prawns themselves were very tasty once you could get at them. The rustic bread was very nice too, it was just a shame the overkill on the capers spoiled the sauce.
My partner chose Deep Fried Whitebait with Tartare Sauce £6.75. This dish was nicely presented and more than generous of portion. The breadcrumbs were nicely crunchy to the outside but the whitebait inside still fleshy and moist. The dish was accompanied by a lovely fresh salad garnish and a generous portion of creamy Tartare sauce.
For main course I chose the 10oz Rump Steak with Hand Cut Chips and Seasonal Vegetables £16.95. The price of the steak also gave you a choice of sauce to accompany the meat. From memory I believe there was a black peppercorn, Béarnaise or something else. This was a real plateful of food and a half and I struggled to finish it. The steak was juicy, thick and cooked nicely medium rare as requested. The vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, French beans and broccoli) that accompanied the dish were beautifully cooked and full of flavour. The chips weren't all that special as they were extremely thick and rather dry tasting, but to be fair I'm not a huge fan of chunky chips, I much prefer the shoe-string variety. The dish would have received top marks from me were it not for the rather dreadful Béarnaise sauce it came with. I absolutely adore Béarnaise sauce, but this version was very poor. Béarnaise sauce should be "A classic French sauce made with a reduction of vinegar, white wine, tarragon, black peppercorns, shallots and finished with egg yolks", but the Partridge version just tasted of slightly stale margarine. There was no hint of tarragon or vinegar to it, and I was more than a little disappointed. Luckily the sauce was served on the side so it hadn't been smothered all over the steak and I could enjoy the steak unadulterated by the poorman's Béarnaise sauce.
My partner decided on the 10oz Sizzling Rump Steak served with Grilled Field Mushroom, Tomato and Hand Cut Chips at £16.95. This came served on an iron skillet, but I missed the sizzling entrance as I was in the loo trying to remove prawn debris from my hands. He was rather impressed with his dish as it consisted of two generous hunks of meat, a large grilled tomato and a good sized mushroom. The portion of chips was a little small, but the generosity of the portion of meat more than compensated.
Desserts weren't included in our Groupon deal, but that didn't stop us from looking at the desserts blackboard (all priced at £5.95). There was a rather tempting sounding Toffee and Pecan Flapjack with Ginger and Honeycomb Ice-cream, but we were quickly informed that it had run out so that put paid to that idea. Other choices on offer were a Pear and Almond Tart and a White Chocolate and Rhubarb Panacotta with Rhubarb Ice-cream (as well as a selection of different ice-creams). In the end I chose Treacle Tart with Cream which was a nice generous slice of tart with a lovely sticky filling and a crisp shortcrust pastry case. The cream was served in a tiny little pouring pot as it was single cream. Himself went for Chocolate Tart with Cream, but it came served with Rhubarb ice-cream instead of the described cream. He wasn't all that impressed with this change of accompaniment as he found the Rhubarb ice-cream a little bit too perfumed in taste and would have preferred the cream. However, I thought the Rhubarb ice-cream was rather tasty - fruity and perfumed yes, but with a rather nice acidic bite to it. The chocolate tart, however, was delicious - rich, dark and rather bitter.
*** KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU ***
The Partridge offers draught lager in the form of Becks or Stella Artois and cider is from Stoford Press. Real ale lovers can sup on London Pride or Harvey's Best. My partner ordered a pint of Becks as he dislikes Stella Artois. However, the Becks was frothing like mad despite a change of barrel whilst we waited. In the end the manager told him the Becks was off and he'd have to make do with Stella Artois. We noticed afterwards that we'd been charged for the more expensive Stella (at a whopping £5 a pint!) despite him wanting the cheaper Becks (£4.10 a pint). It would have been nice if they had adjusted the bill to charge us for the cheaper lager he'd wanted, rather than the expensive lager he'd received but no matter.
The service at the Partridge was rather hit and miss. The gentleman behind the bar was efficient enough, but his queries as to whether we'd enjoyed our meal seemed forced and robotic rather than genuine. One felt he was asking as he'd told to rather than because he genuinely wanted to know. As for the waitress we had for the evening, she was clearly doing the job for some pocket money rather than any genuine love of the job. Her questions were also robotic, but she either failed to understand our answers or she had the memory of a goldfish. She asked us if we wanted desserts to which we replied in the affirmative. Ten minutes later she was still standing behind the bar looking gormless and bored having totally forgotten to bring us the dessert blackboard. When prompted there was no apology, just a "oh yeah, I forgot". When she took our order for desserts she laboriously wrote the details down and then said in a very confused voice "anything else?". We'd ordered two desserts so why would we want a third or a fourth pudding? Or perhaps she meant to say "and would you like tea or coffee with that?", but failed to communicate what she meant. The Partridge need to invest some time and effort in training that young lady so she comes across as less dim and far more animated. When you've charging £35 to £40 per person for three courses of pub grub one expects a degree of professionalism from one's serving staff, and failing that most definitely a spark of enthusiasm for the menu and the venue.
The ground floor toilets were clean enough but a little bit dated in décor. I had some trouble working the taps in the ladies - they were easy enough to turn on but I had to ask another customer if she knew how to shut off the flow. Luckily she did! The toilets are signposted "Stags" and "Does" and there's a separate disabled toilet as well.
Our bill for the evening came a reasonable £23.95 and we left a £6 tip despite the distinctly average/poor service. Adding in the £25 Groupon deal, our meal for the evening cost us just shy of £55. At £55 the meal was of an acceptable value as the portions were generous and the food good. However there is no way on earth we would return to this pub and pay full price. The meal we had *should* have cost £80 if we'd paid full price and it was quite simply not worth £80. The food was good enough, the portions generous but the service left a lot to be desired.
*** IS IT WORTH DOING BIRD? ***
The Partridge is half-heartedly recommended. It's a lovely gastro pub in a delightful countryside setting. The food is good, not outstanding, but good. The portions are generous and I'd say all the food was freshly made (apart from the dreadful stale tasting Béarnaise sauce). However, this pub is more than let down by its service. The waitress was clearly disinterested in her job, and the manager came across as perfunctory and mostly indifferent. Maybe it was because we were on the Groupon deal and therefore not paying full price, but with that sort of attitude we really wouldn't be encouraged to return and pay full price next time.
The Partridge gets three stars from me as the food might be good and the portions generous, but the service really needs to buck its ideas up here. Recommended for summer's day when you can sit outside and enjoy their lovely garden and the stunning views.
*** FURTHER DETAILS ***
Singleton is a tiny little village nestling at the bottom of a very steep hill. Singleton is only 2 miles from Goodwood Racecourse (and the rest of the Goodwood Estate is only a tiny bit further on). You'd think such a short two miles distance would be walkable, but the hill is incredibly steep, so it's not recommended unless you love a very steep hike! Singleton is home to the renowned Weald and Downland Museum, which is an open air museum full of period reconstructed buildings and well worth visiting (see my review at http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/museums-national /the-weald-and-downland-open-air-museum-sussex/1223092/ if you're interested in further details). Just up the road you have West Dean Gardens in West Dean, and Chichester is just 7 miles away.
The Partridge Inn
Telephone: 01243 811251
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The Anchor Bleu (Bosham)
Back in the mists of time I wrote a review on DooYoo all about the village of Bosham (pronounced Bozzum) which is very near to where I live. In case you're interested, the review is entitled "Time and tide wait for no man" and can be found at http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/destinations-national/bosham-village/1016963/. Bosham is a ... very pretty village about 3 miles outside of the city of Chichester in West Sussex and is located within one of the creeks of Chichester Harbour so is subject to high tides twice a day. Bosham is one of a number of places that lays claim to the King Canute legend as the location where he tried to turn back the tide (the claim strongly evidenced by the fact that his infant daughter is buried in the Saxon church at Bosham).
In my Bosham review I wrote all about the things to do in Bosham and made mention of the Anchor Bleu. My words were "There is one shorefront pub, The Anchor Bleu which dates back to 1740. It has some pleasant outdoor seating from which to watch the world go by. However, if it's good ale and friendly bar staff you prefer, then I suggest you go a little way inland to the Berkeley Arms, as the food, drink and welcome at the Anchor Bleu leave a lot to be desired". That was my opinion in 2005, and I cannot recall having gone anywhere near the place since then despite it being so close to my house. Would my revisit eight years later leave a more favourable impression, or would I still be recommending going elsewhere?
~*~ THE PUB ~*~
The very first thing I need to mention about the Anchor Bleu is that there is no parking whatsoever. It's best to park in pay and display car park opposite Bosham Craft Centre and then take a short three minute walk to the Anchor Bleu. Now you may think there's plenty of space on the road behind the pub (Shore Road), but do PLEASE check the tide that day. Every year several idiots park their cars on Shore Road and fail to notice the prominent signage stating "Road liable to tidal flooding". Unfortunately for them the tide very frequently swamps Shore Road in both summer and winter, and many a motorist has returned to find their car up to its wheel arches in salt water. A small crowd always gathers around any partially submerged vehicle and amused locals will start to take bets on how long it will be before the red faced motorist returns to their sodden car. It's almost a local sport! Inside the pub, the walls are festooned with photos of various half submerged cars from over the years. If salt water is washed off quickly, then your car *should* not suffer too badly, but a completely submerged car is likely to be a write off....as was the fate of a brand new Rover five or so years ago. It doesn't take long for any motorist caught this way to realise that like King Canute many centuries before him the tide at Bosham waits for neither man nor car!
The Anchor Bleu looks truly charming from the outside. The building dates back to the 18th century and is painted cream with pretty nautical blue window frames and gorgeous flower baskets in the summer months. There is large terraced area set within an ivy encrusted flint wall to the front of the pub with plenty of outdoor seating (and brollies should the weather prove inclement). To the back of the building is a very small terraced area set behind a white wrought iron railing. There is a scattering of tables and chairs here which are very popular with anyone visiting the Anchor Bleu as you get a bird's eye view of the harbour, and therefore sea views when the tide is in.
Inside the Anchor Blue is rather small and somewhat pokey. There is a nautical theme to the pub with a ship's wheel and various other sea faring memorabilia on the walls. However, most eyes are drawn to the many photos on the walls of various submerged vehicles throughout the years.
There isn't a great deal of seating inside the pub, so it tends to be a fair weather place. If the weather is warm you'll have more chance of a seat as there is a lot more outside seating at this pub than there is indoors. However, if the weather is unkind, then you'll need to get there very early in the day or evening, otherwise you'll not find an inch of space indoors and you'll have to sit and shiver outdoors. They don't accept lunchtime reservations at the Anchor Bleu, so you either have to get there early or just take pot luck that you'll be able to grab a table.
~*~ THE MENU ~*~
Eating at the Anchor Bleu earlier this month wasn't my choice, as I had no fond memories of the place as I said earlier. However, I was meeting a former colleague for lunch and she picked the venue. I was interested to see whether the place would be more welcoming than it used to be, and besides it was only a ten minute cycle ride from my house (the cycle ride turned into a fifteen minute expedition as I got my skirt caught in the back wheel of my bike and spent a good five minutes trying to release it and drawing a small crowd of helpers...doh!).
There is no printed menu at the Anchor Bleu, only a blackboard towards the back of the pub. This is fairly limiting, and heaven help the poor unsuspecting people sat on the table under the blackboard as there is a constant stream of punters looking over their shoulders at what is on offer. Whatever you do, don't pick that table under the blackboard as it will destroy any chance you wanted for a quiet lunch or dinner.
I'm afraid there are no surprises on their blackboard - it's all the pub fare you'd expect to find anywhere in the UK. There are a range of filled baguettes from £5.95, a selection of ploughmans and a range of different salads from £7.95 on offer. If you're after hot food, there's a choice of Beef Burger, Chicken Burger or Fish and Chips (£10.95) and a few other dishes but that's about it. I'd looked the menu up online before I went there so I'd know what to expect, but any of the dishes that sounded tempting to me weren't on offer that day. I loved the thought of Salt and Pepper Squid or a Thai Fishcake but neither of them were available.
All in all I was pretty unimpressed with the selection of luncheon dishes on offer as there wasn't really a single dish that stood out as innovative and interesting. It was all terribly run of the mill and boring.
~*~ LUNCH FOR TWO ~*~
We were lucky with the weather on the day we visited as it as a decidedly hot day. I don't like spending any time indoors at the Anchor Bleu as its pokey, claustrophobic and you get jostled and pushed trying to fight your way to the bar. Outside, the Anchor Bleu's a much less frenzied and more relaxed option. If you can grab a table on either the front or the back terrace, then you're likely to have a much more enjoyable respite.
There weren't any starters on offer at the Anchor Bleu so it was straight into the main event. I did find the menu rather limiting and I rather struggled to find something that tempted me. In the end I ordered a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Granary Baguette which came with Homemade Coleslaw for £5.95. (I could have had other fillings such as Smoked Salmon and Cucumber, Bacon and Brie or Prawns in Marie Rose Sauce). The baguette was cut into two manageable wedges and generously filled with a couple of rashers of bacon and a layer of lettuce and tomato. The whole thing was bound together with mayonnaise, and the baguette had been slightly warmed so it was nicely gooey. Less impressive was the tiny tub of homemade coleslaw. What there was of it was sparse and heavily laden with far too much raw onion. I rather wished I'd ordered a plate of chips to go with my baguette to make it more of a meal rather than a snack, but there was no way on earth I fancied going back up to the bar to order a portion.
My friend decided to order their quiche and salad which cost £7.95. She received a nice wedge of Asparagus and Pepper Quiche with a nice shortcrust pastry crust. The salad surrounding the quiche was plentiful and consisted of mixed leaves, tomatoes and cucumber. To make things a bit more interesting they'd added a salad of cold broad beans and peas, which I would have hated but she seemed to enjoy. They'd also added a couscous salad to the plate but she left most of that as it was a little too dry and boring.
As the pub was so busy due to the gloriousness of the weather all the outside seating was taken up. A small party of three asked if they could share our table as there was no other space available and it was interesting to see the food they ordered. One of them had a Dressed Crab and Prawn Salad (£13.50) and it looked very nicely presented. Another had a plate of Whitebait which looked nicely crispy and the third went for Beefburger and Chips which didn't look so good due to the nasty pappy floury bap the burger came in.
All in all our meals were enjoyable, nicely presented, reasonably priced and generous of portion. I just think that the menu is incredibly pedestrian and rather boring. However, they'll be full there on a summer's day whether they offer their punters a packet of crisps or lobster thermidor, so I guess they don't have to try too hard to impress anyone.
~*~ EVERYTHING ELSE ~*~
The Anchor Bleu is a free house and offers a good range of real ales, lagers and bitters. From memory they are currently serving Hog's Back T.E.A., Ringwood Fortyniner, St. Austell Brewery's Tribute Ale, Sharp's Doom Bar and Sharp's Cornish Lobster.
As usual the Anchor Bleu was mobbed inside, and I had to fight my way to the bar. There was a largish party trying to place a food order (all food ordering has to be done at the bar too - no table service here), and it seemed to involve all of the bar staff as well as five punters. I stood there like a lemon for a good five minutes before one of the bar staff deigned to serve me. I asked about running a tab as we planned on eating, but they wanted to me to leave my credit card behind the bar so I declined and paid cash. I ordered half a lager shandy and a glass or rosé wine.
When I enquired about food I was brusquely informed that there were no printed menus and I'd need to look at the blackboard at the back of the pub to see what food was on offer. So far, the Anchor Bleu were not presenting themselves in their best light. Once I'd looked at the blackboard, I had to fight my way back up to the bar and place the order. You are then given a numbered wooden spoon to take back to your table, and you have to listen out for a member of staff shouting your number. They do bring the food to your table both inside and outside, which I was very relieved to hear, as I certainly didn't fancy another trip inside and pushing my way through the crowds.
When our food was brought to us, we were asked if we wanted any sauces or condiments to go with it. Similarly when our plates were cleared, we were asked if we'd enjoyed our meal by a rather charming young lady - the only member of staff to show any friendliness at all in the entire time we'd been there. However, she didn't ask if we'd like a dessert, and the thought to trying to locate the choice on offer and then fight one's way back up the bar to place the order was all too much hassle, so we did without.
~*~ SAIL AWAY, SAIL AWAY, SAIL AWAY.... ~*~
The Anchor Bleu is in a truly lovely location and the views from the back of the pub at high tide are delightful. However, despite it being surrounded with such natural charms, the pub itself still leaves me cold, and I can no more recommend this place today as I could eight years ago. Inside the pub is small and pokey and I really wouldn't want to spend any length of time in there. The service is as brusque and terse as it's always been. You have to fight your way to the bar and then receive not so much as a welcome, just a quickly filled drinks order. I realise that the place is thronged with tourists all summer, which possibly accounts for the terse and unwelcoming service, but nothing they say or do ever really encourages me or anyone else to make a return visit. They are sitting on an absolute gold mine if the weather is good, yet they squander it with indifferent service, food and ambience. I guess they just don't have to try too hard to be pleasant or interesting as they're always going to be full come summer due to their location.
The food is reasonable but unimaginative, but I really do dislike having to try and push my way through the hordes just to look at the blackboard of daily specials. By the time you've looked at the board, memorising as much as you can, you'll have forgotten half of what's on offer by the time you get back to your party at the front of the pub. A small printed menu would be a much easier option.
Recommended for drinks if the weather is sunny and warm, as there's no finer place to sit and watch the world go by, but do try and limit the time you spend inside the pub to an absolute minimum. Oh and the food is much nicer elsewhere. Two stars from me.
~*~ FURTHER DETAILS ~*~
The pub is very easy to find as its slap bang in the centre of Bosham. However, do please heed the flooding warning signs if you decide to park outside the pub. It's much safer to use the pay and display car park nearby. As you enter Bosham you'll see Bosham Craft Centre on your right hand side. Follow the road to the left into the pay and display car park. As you leave the car park on foot, turn left towards the water, and then take the first road on the right (the High Street). The Anchor Bleu is just a short may up the High Street on the left hand side.
The Anchor Bleu is a nice spot for a quick lunch or drink and then an afternoon preamble around the pretty village. As well as the craft centre mentioned, Bosham also houses a Saxon church, a harbour and lots of quaint waterside property. Oh and you can of course, visit Bosham by boat should you have one. You can access Bosham Quay 2½ hours each side of high tide. You can have 15 minutes free mooring alongside the quay but after that you need to go and find the Quay Master to pay launching and mooring fees.
The Anchor Bleu
Telephone No: 01243-573956
- The pub opens at 11.30am on weekdays,11am on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday
- Lunch is served from 12.00pm and dinner from 6.30pm everyday (all day dining on Sunday only)
- Disabled access here could prove a problem as the entrance to the pub is down a rather steep step
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Lindisfarne Inn (Berwick Upon Tweed)
We went on holiday and stayed in the holiday cottages up the lane opposite the Lindisfarne Inn and we stayed there last year so we knew this place did really nice meals. After unpacking we rang up and booked a table for 9 Adults and a baby they said they would have the table ready for 8 as requested after people had got changed we ... realised we would be ready early so we rang back up at 7 and asked if any chance we could move the time forward ad they informed us that the table is ready now for whenever we would like to go.
When we got there we walked in and said we had a table booked and they took us to a large table in a private small room so was perfect especially as my 5month old baby was asleep and if she woke up and got upset she would disturb other people.
We all decided what we wanted then you go to the bar and put your food and drinks orders in the staff were all friendly and welcoming.
Every member of the family was happy with their meals so much so we went gain a few days later for tea. We tried to book in again the Friday night before leaving but sadly they were booked up for large parties. (Week off diet I was a little relieved)
If you happen to be in the area I would highly recommend this as a place to eat and it's a gorgeous area to stay. They provide big meals so well worth value for money
Below is the menu and some of the meals we ordered Thanks for reading 
Starters & Prices
Soup of the day £5.25
Homemade chicken Liver pate £5.95
Lemon & Garlic King prawn £6.95
Garlic Mushrooms £4.95
Gilled Goats Cheese £6.95
Mushroom & Stilton £6.25
Potato Skins £4.45 or share for £6.95
Loaded Nachos £7.95
Main Courses & Prices
Steak and Ale Pie £10.95
Fish & Chips £10.95
Gammon Steak £10.50
Sesame King Prawns £14.95
Sea Bass £12.95
Roast Chicken with Apple and Stilton £12.95
Chicken Tikka £12.95
Sirloin Steak £15.95
Whole tail Scampi £10.95
Pesto Chicken Linguine £11.95
Lindisfarne Angus Burger £11.95
Salmon with Lemon and Herb Sauce £12.95
Sautéed Haddock £12.95
Braised Minted Lamb Chops
Tomato and Basil Linguine Pasta £7.95
Coriander & Chick Pea Burger £8.95
Mushroom Tikka £8.95
Roasted Vegetable Tart £7.95
Goats Cheese Salad £7.95
Warm Poached Salmon Salad £9.95
Ham Salad with Pineapple Salsa £8.95
Sides and sauces
Onion Rings £2.25
Side Salad £2.45
Seasonal Vegetables £2.25
Buttered Potatoes £2.15
Peppercorn Sauce £2.75
Blue Cheese Sauce £2.75
Dianne Sauce £2.75
Naan Bread £2.35
Garlic Bread £2.00
Bread Roll & Butter £1.45
Sticky Toffee Pudding £5.95
Crumble and Custard "£5.95
Cheesecake and Cream £5.95
Chocolate Fudge Cake £5.50
Sticky Toffee Supreme £5.95
Ultimate Chocolate £5.95
Ultimate sharing Sundae £9.95
They also offer a variety of flavoured ice creams to have 1-3 scoops of and can mix the flavours we had were
Cookies and Cream
Horlicks and Malteesers
Orange and Cointreau
Gammon - Large thick slice with plenty of chips served with pineapple salsa which had just the right amount of sweetness.
Sea Bass - Sea Bass was lovely however his Grandma did not like new potatoes it came with so ordered a side of chips. Few days later when we went back she ordered the same meal again but asked for chips instead of new potatoes however as served under sea bass she said they became slightly soggy.
The Lindisfarne Inn Angus Burger - This was a large thick burger served on a seeded topped bun this also came with a decent size portion of chips.
The burger was topped with stilton, bacon and caramelised onion however if you did not want these I'm sure you could ask for a plain burger
Braised Minted Lamb Chops - My brother in law had these as he was looking at this all week and after having the gammon, steak he thought he would give them a go.
They were lamb medallions that had been braised in minted gravy. This was served with steamed vegetables and new potatoes.
Fish&Chips - whale of a fish, crispy batter and fresh tasting fish chunky chips and homemade tartar sauce that made it extra special served with garden peas as didn't give option of mushy peas
Steak & chips - Second night visiting I was tempted to order fish and chips again as I was very impressed however decided to go with steak.
Decent size steak that I asked for medium well done and it came perfect with just slight tint of pink. Chunky chips and served with a grilled tomato grilled mushrooms garden peas and coleslaw
Scampi & Chips - My partner had this as he also was impressed with fish and chips but wanted to try something different so opted for this however he was disappointed compared to the fish.
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