Chain pubs don’t have to be bad. I talked about this when reviewing The Mitre, Oxford in May 2016.
Vintage Inns are another example of the good chain. We’ve been to them around the country, in Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and probably some other shires too. A Christmas visit to The Otter was my last trip to a Vintage Inn. You know what you’re going to get – decent food and usually a good few ales on the bar. The menu is the same up and down the country, and they change them regularly throughout the seasons.
Here’s an example of those good ales – Abbeydale Moonshine, a classic example of the session pale ale, light and hoppy.
You can also keep it light with a simple sandwich menu, offering things like chicken BLT -grilled chicken breast, sweetcure bacon, gem lettuce and tomato. There’s also chargrilled rump steak with horseradish mayonnaise, beer-battered cod goujons and samphire tartare sauce (posh fish fingers), prawn and hot-smoked salmon, Taw Valley cheddar and pickle or Yorkshire ham and grain mustard. These are all served with “straw fries” (Stringfellows for all you 80s frozen chip children).
There are also steaks, burgers and pizzas as well as a main menu with classics like Hunter’s chicken, steak and mushroom pie, fish’n’chips etc.
I ordered the chicken BLT, which was a good bap with good chips. And served on plates!!! The little chip bowl had been heated up to keep the chips warm, so it served a purpose but I still tipped them out anyway.
On warm summer evenings there’s also a nice beer garden out the back to enjoy. We were dining in the garden, and you get to go and raid the fridge for condiments. No tiny sachets here, go and grab a jar of mayonnaise or tomato sauce or whatever from the fridge and spoon yourself some out.
A decent sandwich at a decent price with a decent price. The Quorndon Fox is indeed MOFAD approved!