No 3. Eat in the Pie Room at the Newman Arms

20 Jun

Food is one of life’s pleasures and I absolutely love it, so I was really looking forward to this one.

The Newman Arms is a small, dark and dingy pub which looks (and smells) like a proper, old London boozer but it was packed with people, so is clearly a local favourite. 

The Pie Room upstairs is completely different.  Lighter, airier and a bit like being in an eccentric aunt’s living room.  A jumble of ceramic plates line the shelves, a boat hangs up by the menu and deer antlers are mounted on one wall.  There’s also a fireplace which would make this a lovely, cosy place for dinner come the winter.

The menu features seven pies which vary slightly throughout the year (lighter in summer, meatier in winter). 

My brother, sister in law and I went for the beef and Guinness pie.  The puff pastry on top towered above the pie dish and was filled with tender pieces of beef and richly flavoured gravy.  The veggie sides of carrots, velvety mash and cauliflower cheese were another tasty touch. 

My other half, rather unusually, went for a meat-free option of stilton and mushroom suet pudding, which was the waitress’s favourite and equally delicious.

Then there’s the dessert menu which reads like the best of British.  We treated ourselves to sticky toffee and bread and butter pudding with ice-cream and custard.

With a decent list of ales on offer, this is the perfect place for a pie and a pint – or in our case, a pie and a pudding – and we left feeling like four fat but very happy frogs.

http://newmanarms.co.uk/pie-room Pies £12.50, Suet Puddings £10.95, Puddings £4.50

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