Sunday lunch is really an institution in England. A roast and all the trimmings can normally be had at any pub. Unfortunately, most pubs really serve sub-standard food in the UK. But, thank goodness, not all of them. The Grosvenor Arms in Aldford (www.brunningandprice.co.uk/pub4_1.html
), near Chester, is a perfect example of a pub serving particularly good fare.
On Sunday, Tim, Lisa and I decided to drive out to the Grosvenor Arms for lunch. We came highly recommended in the ‘Good Pub Guide’ some time back, we we went to go and check it out. It exceeded our expectations.
Not only did they have great food, but the ambience was brilliant – just as you would expect a country pub to be. Tim says their beer is great too: on Sunday he and Lisa partook in a pint or two of the “Gone with the Whippet”. (That was the true name of the beer!). What I love most is the library. They have a large number of old books – most of them pre-war – covering a variety of subjects. I love dabbling with the non-fiction books which provide very interesting reading.
We love sitting in the original pub area (to the left) in winter, but I think the conservatory will be brilliant in summer – especially on bright sunny days.
The other difference between this pub and so many others, is the service. They have that pub running like clockwork: quick, friendly, efficient service without being intrusive. Unfortunately the average standard of service in the UK is particularly poor!
It is such a pity that it isn’t in our back yard. 45 minutes drive each way is rather long if you were just after a plate of good food. But, I can confirm that it is worth it.
We have also found out that the same people own a second pub in rural Cheshire: that one the other side of Northwich (a similar distance from where we are). We had considered trying it on Sunday, but unfortunately The Grosvenor Arms had waffles on their dessert menu. As I have been on a strict diet and I allow myself only the very occasional sinful treats, I had decided that it had to be the belgian waffle. But thank goodness Lisa and I had decided to share it. It was super-sweet. It sat on a bed of sickly sweet butterscotch sauce, but other than that it was great. Not, of course, as good as a Wimpy or Spur waffle. Here you rarely find ‘plain’ waffles. They are generally all belgian waffles – which are smaller, thicker and sweeter. They sometimes even add little sugar crystals to the outside. But Lisa and I are on a mission to find a ‘true’ or ‘real’ waffle. We were given a tip-off that one of the local Americay Style (chain) restaurants – that I would normally not be seen dead in – had them. Well, it is all in the name of research isn’t it?
Here is the menu for starters and mains:
And here are the puddings and a few other bits and pieces …
We will be going back!