Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The food diaries: part 2 - England

Last weekend we decided to pretend it was summer, so we visited a country pub with riverside seating. As it happened, the weather was pretty dire (considering it's allegedly the middle of summer) and we weren't brave enough to sit outdoors, but we enjoyed a traditional pub meal inside the restaurant. Here's what we had:

Grilled 8oz British Sirloin Steak, served with roast tomato, fried mushroon, garden peas (in their own colander, no less!) and French fries.

Steak & Tanglefoot pie with mashed potato, parsnip and carrots. Tanglefoot is a type of beer.

Goat's cheese salad: marinated goat's cheese, homemade cheese croutons, roast tomato, roast red pepper, courgette, aubergine and red onion, tossed in an olive and balsamic dressing. Mmmm.

Glazed beed lazagne, topped with melting cheese and served with chunky chips.

We were pretty stuffed when we finished eating all that, but we couldn't not have dessert, so we decided to share:

"Proper toffee" pudding with hot toffee sauce and vanilla ice-cream.

Chocolate pudding (steaming!) with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice-cream.

As you can imagine, we had a very enjoyable lunch - and the view from our table wasn't bad either.

The River Arun flows right outside the pub and we could see Arundel Castle in the distance.

If only it had been a brighter day, this would have been the perfect outing, but the weather in this country often gets in the way of the best laid plans. Still, we enjoyed some yummy food, and it only started raining heavily after we left the pub, so, all things considered, I shouldn't really complain...


Eirene H said...

I had a really good time even though the weather did the unspeakable once again... it was so great to see you! xxx

Tinsie said...

It was great seeing you too! We had such a good time, we should do it again soon :-)

Indie said...

You are killing me with your food diary!!!!:-) I am now craving all the things you have written about and ther is no way I can get them here. What are you doing to me vre?P.S I actually wrote on my blog:-)

Ropi said...

Everyone told me British cuisine sucks but I liked it. My favourite was fish and chips with mayonaise.

Karen said...

It looks good, but not as good as the food in Part I...

I think I would have had salad and then skipped right to dessert!

RennyBA said...

Not bad for an almost summer day :lol:

What delicious food and how well presented in those wonderful pics - thanks for sharing!

Eve goats cheese salad - I though we only eat that in Norway :-)

Tinsie said...

@ Indie: Uhm... perhaps you should refrain for reading the blog for a couple of weeks, as I'm planning lots more foodie posts (you have been warned) hehe!

@ Ropi: I don't think it sucks, it's just that it's hard to find good food at decent prices.

Glad you liked our food, although I have to say, fish & chips served with mayo isn't very British.

@ Karen: Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but I like Greek food better too, mainly because it's fresher and simpler (and also because the calamari tastes better).

Salad in England is a main course, so you could very well have had salad and dessert :-)

@ RennyBA: Goat's cheese salad is very popular here too. Not sure where it originates - perhaps in Norway? Anything's possible!!

Gigi said...

Hmmm. Must admit, I prefer the Greek food (er - except for the squid - yuk!). I mean, lasagne AND chips?

Toffee pudding, on the other hand sounds yummy.

Per Stromsjo said...

I'll take the salad. Oh, and some pudding. Hm. On second thought, I'd skip the salad to make more room for the pudding!

Tinsie said...

@ Gigi: Αctually, the lazagne came with salad and garlic bread, but we asked for chips instead :-o

@ Per Stromsjo: Hahaha you've got the right idea!