Eating Out: Peaceful setting to enjoy a relaxing evening meal
JUST a short drive away from Grimsby, the village of New Waltham provides a peaceful setting to enjoy a relaxing evening meal.
And with two pubs just a stone’s throw away from each other on the main road, the village is well placed to serve those looking for good quality pub grub at affordable prices.
This evening we pay a visit to The Farmhouse, in Station Road. Although part of the Stonegate Pub chain, the venue has the welcoming ambience of a small country pub.
We were greeted by a friendly barmaid who served our drinks, and we took our seats at the back of the pub opposite the bar.
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A group of men played darts at the side, and beyond that in the corner the TV showed live football.
Meanwhile, an eclectic mix of songs played in the background.
The comprehensive menu offered no shortage of options. All the usual pub classics were there, as well as an impressive range of burgers and steaks, and even a wide selection of curries.
For the starter I opted for the cheese and bacon potato wedges (£3.49).
The crisply fried wedges were liberally topped with melted cheese and thick bacon strips, and served with a barbecue sauce dip, making for an extremely filling starter.
My friend chose the chicken wings (£2.99), ten wings with a choice of dip – which he described as a perfectly adequate starter.
For the main course I went for the boozy beef pie (£6.49) – beef, potato, bacon and onion, in a Guinness and wholegrain mustard gravy, in a shortcrust pastry case, served with chips, peas and gravy.
The beef was nice and tender, there was just the right amount of pastry, and it came with a generous helping of chips. My friend opted for the roast half chicken and ribs combo (£9.99) – or, as my friend described it, the dish for the man who can’t choose a dish.
Half a roast chicken with half a rack of barbecue sauce glazed ribs, and served with chips, onion rings, two huge flat mushrooms, corn on the cob, tomatoes, peas and a jug of gravy, it was he said, a meal that single-handedly softened the blow of adapting to normal sized meals after the Christmas period.
And the perfect choice for those suffering from a combination of greed and indecisiveness.
The service was friendly, although a little slow for a week night. The food, however, was top notch and excellent value.
As my friend remarked, it was nice to be served up such a feast this side of Christmas – but without the festive prices.