Katy Hanley enjoys traditional pub food and a welcoming atmosphere at this inn
The Pig and Whistle is a perfect pitstop for those who enjoy traditional pub food. The pub used to be called the New Bridge Inn and was renamed the Pig and Whistle after 1918. It is allegedly haunted, but we neither saw nor heard any evidence of that.
The landlady, Donna McCann, is welcoming and chatty - this is obviously her family’s base. There is a variety of brass items on the walls, a candle on each table and sofas sit next to a log burner. Outside there is plenty of seating too.
The extensive menu and a large specials board features high quality pub grub and the portions are large and well cooked. The atmosphere is warm, and on the early mid-week evening, when we visited, several tables were full.
We had the prawn cocktail and chicken with chorizo to start - we thought we would try an ‘old favourite’, alongside a more modern dish. They were both well presented and plentiful – my prawn cocktail also included smoked salmon and crayfish which were most welcome. My husband described the chicken and chorizo as a tasty dish.
For the main course, I enjoyed the steak and ale pie with chips and peas. The tomato ketchup was presented in a mini Kilner jar on a saucer, with a spoon - a nice touch. The pie was huge, packed with plenty of meat. This place is famous for its pies, and rightly so. My husband had the rump of lamb, in a redcurrant sauce with Dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables from the specials board. The vegetable was braised Pak Choi, which made a wonderful accompaniment to the pink lamb.
We really didn’t need desserts after two hearty courses each, but we found room for the the homemade apple and raspberry crumble and the Apple pie. The crumble was the winner; the pie was tart, tempered by some Riverford Clotted Cream.
The pub has have recently won three awards, which are framed and displayed near the entrance. There is a shop attached to the pub that is open during the same hours, so you can take away products that you fancy trying out at home.
The meal deals include two lunches for £12, Monday to Friday, or two pies and two drinks for £20, Monday to Friday. With such delicious pies on offer, that would be my choice.
Published 10 April 2015
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