On Friday 29th November I was invited to the newly refurbished Woolpack in Banstead. This impressive building has been stopping traffic on the main road, as people have been eagerly awaiting the big reveal and re-opening of the pub.
As soon as I walked in, I was amazed at how well they had paired traditional with contemporary interior design. There was lovely mahogany décor with splashes of colour from pieces of art on the walls. Another aspect that I liked was the use of space, the pub is spacious anyway, but they have cleverly separated it into different areas boasting a large dining area as well as bar areas and sung coves situated within the building.
It is not just the inside that has been decorated well, the exterior of the pub also looks beautiful. The beer garden is a very good size with heaters and covered areas, the trees all twinkled with fairy lights and the gardens were well kept and tidy.
We were shown to our table, our waitress was very friendly and attentive, ensuring we had everything we needed, offering water for the table. To start I opted for the tiger prawns in ginger and chili served with turmeric and poppy seed bread. It was a very generous sized started portion, the prawns were huge and had a lot of flavour due to being marinated, the chilli did have a bit of heat, but the bread and the ginger complimented that very well, and it was in no means too much. The bread was soft and the flavours of the turmeric and poppy seeds did some through.
I chose the prawn and Cajun spiced chicken linguine for my main course. I wanted something that I would not usually go for and I was not sure how the Cajun spices would work with the prawns as I would not have usually paired them. It worked perfectly. The pasta was freshly made and cooked to perfection. Again, the dish was a generous size and it was also served with garlic bread that was absolutely bursting with flavour.
The waitress recommended a dessert for me, this is one of the most important aspects of the meal for me, I do like my puddings. I decided to take a chance and go with the recommendation and I am so glad it did! It was the chocolate orange Delice. The chocolate smooth moose was complimented well with the crumby base, and was served with an orange sorbet, the sharp tartness of the sorbet was a beautiful compliment to the creamy sweet flavours of the dessert.
I had a lovely meal here and the team interaction with the guests and with each other made the atmosphere of the pub relaxed yet professional.
To get yourselves booked in please do get in touch;
01737 354 560
186 High Street, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 2NZ