Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sunday Lunch at The Royal Oak, Newick - Local Roasts review

As part of my Local Roasts series, Nik, the twins and I went out for Sunday lunch at The Royal Oak in Newick last weekend.  We called on the day to book and had no problem getting a table at 1:30pm.  We were slightly late (as is often the way when wrangling two small humans) but were greeted warmly and asked to sit anywhere we liked.  We chose the corner table by the window and settled in.

We didn't realise at first but the menu was up on one of the walls and the Sunday roast options were chicken or beef, both with the same trimmings - roast potatoes, veg, stuffing and Yorkshire puds.  We all opted for the beef and ordered some drinks, wine for me, milk for the kids.

The pub has a proper cosy old atmosphere with beams on the ceiling, jugs and plates hanging everywhere and the fire was lit next to the bar.

Our drinks and food arrived quickly with friendly and polite service.

Getting every last drop

We were asked if we'd like anything else so we asked for horseradish and when I noticed there wasn't much gravy, I asked for more and we were brought a huge gravy boat full.

Our roasts included everything promised with a nice crispy ball of stuffing, a huge Yorkshire pud, mashed swede & carrot, cabbage, peas and I was pleasantly surprised to find cauliflower cheese amongst the veg.  Yum.  Everything was perfectly tasty and well cooked with no mushy veg.  The roast potatoes tasted freshly cooked too and although the Yorkshire was tasty, I found it a bit too dry and crispy although enjoyed it once soaked in gravy.

The twins enjoyed various aspects in true picky toddler style, Priya mostly sticking to potatoes while Kalyan wolfed down his (and Priya's) beef.  Portion sizes were ideal, plenty of food but not too much.  We were nicely full and might have stayed for pud if it hadn't been for looming nap time and potentially grumpy tired twins.

They were very happy as we left though as we met a friendly dog by the door.  

Olive Dragonfly Rating - The Royal Oak, Newick
Food & Drink - 8/10
Atmosphere - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 8/10
Overall - 8/10

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