I had eaten at the Saracen's Head a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it so I decided to return last Monday, avoiding the always busy weekend and delighted to find someone opening for food on a Monday! The children were still on school holidays, so there were plenty of people around, but we had booked a table for lunch so managed to get a quiet spot in the restaurant. We were warmly welcomed - service was prompt, friendly and efficient throughout, despite the place being busy.
The menu at lunchtime is excellent and caters for all tastes and budgets. You can have everything from a sandwich and a bowl of chips or ploughman's to a three course meal. We opted for fish and chips and mushy peas and a steak and ale pudding the size of St Paul's ! My fish was lovely, fresh and perfectly cooked in a crispy batter, chips were good and the salad leaves some of the best ever, grown just down the road at Whitchurch, I was told when I enquired. My partner's steak and ale pudding (called a pie on the menu but it WAS a proper old fashioned pudding) was huge and packed with good quality meat. For dessert I chose an amaretto glory, a sundae made with vanilla ice cream, amaretti biscuits, almonds and whipped cream - a great combination. Chris chose a knickerboker glory which had a significant chocolate presence with the ice cream and whipped cream. He told me it was delicious, as was mine. The wine list is interesting and reasonably priced - we drank a bottle of good quality French white wine at under £20 and had absolutely no complaints - especially since it was served in iced glasses - a lovely touch. We came away agreeing that the bill was reasonable and that we'd like to go again as we headed for the nearby Kingfisher Cruises jetty for a trip up the lovely Wye Valley which rounded off my delightful return to Symonds Yat West.
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