After a lovely day out at the Alresford show we headed off for a cup of tea at the station, then back to the camp site for a quick change, and then back to Alresford for some dinner. This pub looked most enticing, so we had booked a table. It was warm and inviting inside.
We ordered some food and drinks and relaxed. First up for me was a pint of Young’s London Stout. As sometimes happens with stouts in pubs, this was served too cold which subdued the gentle roast malt flavours. A nice pint when it warmed up.
There was some local cider for Mrs MOFAD, which we had sampled at the show a few hours earlier. Meon Valley Cider was lightly sparkling from the bottle, a classic cider with toffee apple flavours.
Dinner arrived. I opted for the pan fried fillet of hake, with watercress (obviously!), burnt pineapple puree, roasted sweet potato, ginger, chilli & coriander dressing. This was absolutely delicious, a lovely piece of fish with great flavours to accompany it.
This was accompanied by the always reliable Bath Ales Gem, a balance of malt and hops that makes for a classic English bitter.
It would be rude not to have pudding. Sticky toffee pudding in this case, with salted caramel sauce and vanilla clotted cream. Sweet and tasty.
A really nice meal at a really nice pub. Nothing was rushed, everything was relaxed, and their was a friendly atmosphere. Lots of diners on this very busy Saturday night, but the team were able to cope with everyone. Good food and good beer are the perfect combination for MOFAD approval!