After living in the area for 3 years or so I thought it was about time we tried the Phoenix Inn, it had pretty good reviews on Trip Advisor so off we went.
I’d called ahead and already knew they were busy and that our only option would be a table in the bar area. On arrival the bar staff quickly sorted a table for my wife and two children.
It was busy but there was a warm buzz to the Phoenix and the staff were very attentive.
We all ordered the Sunday Roast, my son ordering the Roast chicken and the rest of us the Roast beef.
After a bit of a wait, the landlady came to our table and apologised profusely for the delay, followed not long after by the owner/chef Andrew who explained that the uptake of roast beef that day had been extraordinary, he explained that another roast joint would be an hour to 90 minutes so he’d cooked a Chateaubriand for the three of us having beef and it would be there in about 10 minutes or so.
Ordinarily this would have been a pain – an hour and 10 minutes before the food arrived? But to be honest the staff were very apologetic and did well at keeping us informed, we were also in no rush and the children were on good form.
Not to mention the food itself when it arrived was fantastic – easily the best Sunday roast any of us had outside of a home cooked meal. Really well presented, subtle tweaks to the norm with rosemary and garlic roasted vegetables, cauliflower cheese with (I think) a hint of nutmeg, shaped, homemade Yorkshires and a tasty gravy. We all finished every scrap.
The meal didn’t come in as exactly cheap for a family of four - £75 for a few drinks, two adult mains and two children’s mains plus ice cream for the children, but the quality supported the price.
All in all, despite the wait, we’ll be returning to the Phoenix Inn.
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