On a chilly Tuesday night I met my good friend Catherine for a long over due catch up. We hadn’t seen each other since before Christmas and since then I’ve been on holiday and she’s bought a house! Exciting times all round!!
We decided to meet straight from work for a quick drink before debating where to go. Now, the town that we met at doesn’t really have a great deal of choice when it comes to eateries but we’d both read and heard great reviews about The Garden so decided it was about time we paid a visit.
We were there early at 6pm and it was relatively quiet. Surprisingly (for a Tuesday) we were told there weren’t many tables available and were we OK to sit in the snug in the window which was fine with us. By the time we left the place was packed and every table was taken….I’ll say it again…on a TUESDAY!!!!
What struck us both was the really unusual surroundings and decor…it’s just like sitting in your Grandad’s potting shed in the garden, everything is very rustic and very cool. The lampshade which I almost knocked myself out on (despite being warned!) was a huge terracotta pot turned upside down. It was really tricky to get a photo and they’ve all come out a bit weird but I did find this photo on their website…
The menu is simple and uses good, quality locally sourced produce where possible. The concept is easy…choose a board, a pot (side) and a saucer (sauce). They offer burgers (of varying meats), sausages, fish, pies and salads so there’s plenty on offer.
We shared homemade cheese straws to start with whilst we perused the rest of the menu and they were divine! The glass of Sauvignon Blanc we both had was crisp and delicious. We both opted for the chicken ceasar burger from the specials board, with chunky chips and one portion of chips. It was absolutely delicious and we both cleared our plates, although on reflection we could’ve had a portion of chips between us as they were CHUNKY!!! We didn’t have a lot of room left for pudding so we opted for the Garden Hot Chocolate which was super creamy with marshmallows without being overly sweet and sickly.
We were really surprised when the bill came – a little over £40 which we though was excellent value for money especially as it included 2 glasses of wine.
It’s a great, relaxed, friendly place and the owner John spent some time chatting to us, asking if we’d had a good time, if we’d been before and if we’d go back…it’s a definite yes from both of us – in fact we’ve booked a table for the February half term week to visit with some friends!
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