The Draper’s Arms

Yesterday was a dreary Saturday afternoon. We were going to a fireworks display at night which seemed a bit miserable at that time when looking out at the grey sky and pouring rain. So what did this all call for? A nice hearty pub lunch to warm us up and fuel us for the night ahead.

The menu is everything you could hope for in proper pub grub and the pub was busy and had a warmth which was perfectly appropriate for a day like that. There were families, big tables of friends and even dogs were welcome. When you book a table, it is yours for the day so you can enjoy a relaxed meal and a never ending glass of wine. There is also a garden outside which looks like it would be lovely in the summertime.

I had seen on Sunday Brunch last week that the Draper’s Arms had been a winner at a recent scotch egg competition. Decision for starter was accordingly made. This time it was a venison scotch egg. The egg yolk was runny, the venison rich and the breadcrumbs crunchy. And the homemade brown sauce was a real triumph.

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We also shared some pig’s head croquettes. They were full of meat and matched with a creamy tartar sauce.

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For main, I chose the cod fillet, chorizo, white beans and clams. It was a slab of fish that you would expect from a pub which flaked off into the rich tomato sauce, soft beans and chunks of fresh paprika chorizo. The aioli on top gave an extra kick on the crisp salty skin.

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My boyfriend opted for a big hearty burger. The burger was pink and topped with a sweet tomato chutney and oak smoked cheddar cheese.

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Having had a long break finishing the wine after our mains, we couldn’t resist sharing a desert. I can never look beyond sticky toffee pudding and when it was paired with butterscotch sauce and salted caramel ice cream, I’m done for.

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And how was it? Moist, surprisingly light and a perfect mixture of hot and cold with every mouthful. This says it all.

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My only small complaint was that the service wasn’t particularly friendly or speedy (although there were no issues with the timing of the food) but we weren’t in a rush so it wasn’t a huge problem. The food was delicious and the atmosphere lively.

So The Draper’s Arms proved to be a perfect Autumn/Winter snug and an excellent precursor to any British fireworks display.

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