Our Britannia Christmas Lunch.
“Why fix something when it isn’t broken?”
I feel like this saying applies to choosing where to eat. We had such an enjoyable meal last Christmas at the Britannia that it was a unanimous decision to return this year. We were sent the menu choices nice and promptly so that they could be filled in and forgotten…as is the way with every Christmas party, the panic of everyone sitting down and asking what exactly did they choose? This is where the Britannia has you covered, they keep a list of all of your choices as well as the names of everyone within the party, which not only alleviated the stress of the party organiser, it also adds a personal touch on your experience as you dine.
We arrived slightly early for our Christmas meal, as soon as we walked through the door we were greeted by the Christmas coordinator Amy, who had a beaming smile on our face and pointed out our table to us, which was already laid up, complete with Christmas crackers! After a pit stop at the bar, where we were met again by a team of smiling faces, we went and sat down. Amy and the team were very attentive to our party, asking if we were ready for our starters as well as making sure there was water on the table.
The starters arrived soon after, we had a range to start, a couple of us has the beetroot cured smoked salmon served with charcoal bread, horseradish crème fraiche and lemon oil dressed watercress. It was scrummy, and the charcoal bread added an original twist on the dish. A couple of others had the chicken liver and forest mushroom parfait, this was served with toasted sourdough, dressed leaves and balsamic onion confit, again everyone commented on how well all the flavours completed each other.
The plates were cleared nice and quickly after we had finished eating, and Amy came back over a few minutes later to ask if we were ready for our mains. Most of the party opted for turkey, which came out with all the trimmings, and separate veg dishes so that people could help themselves and bypass the sprouts if they wanted to! The portions we were all a very generous sized. The turkey was lovely and juicy and the potatoes crisp on the outside. A couple of other people went for the 12-hour pressed pork belly, all said it was cooked beautifully and the added extra of crackling was very well received. Lastly was the fillet of sea bream, this came with buttered veg, herby new potatoes, chive butter sauce and heritage tomato chutney. All the plates were empty at the end of the main course and everyone chattered away excitedly about how good the food was as well as what a nice atmosphere the pub had.
Lastly, it was time for dessert. I think you all know by now that this is my favourite course. I opted for the warm triple chocolate brownies, this was served with a black cherry compote and clotted cream. I can’t even describe how delicious this brownie was. The cherry compote and clotted cream paired all of the flavours and textures beautifully. All I can say is, go and see for yourselves. Others on the table had the vanilla cheesecake and a couple had Christmas pudding, again all the bowls were clean when they were cleared and all of us sat with nice full bellies!
I feel it is also important to point out that the Britannia is not just for Christmas, I eat here pretty regularly, and they have a brilliant regular menu selection as well, cheddar cheese and bacon burger being another one of my go to dishes. This pub is cosy and warm in the winter and beautiful and airy in the summer, you will always get a warm welcome and excellent customer service! It is not just perfect for humans either, with 12 dog beds to choose from, as well as water bowls, biscuits and towels, it’s the perfect place to stop for a drink after a dog walk.
Go and see for yourselves!
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