Generally speaking, I’m quite a fan of the food at Brunning & Price pubs. It’s reliable, if unexciting, pub food. You can expect to get a decent lunch in pleasant pubby surroundings with decent local beers for those who drink. So, it’s always a bit peeving when something doesn’t quite hit the mark. And somewhat gob-smacking when lunch turns out to be piss-poor. Like today’s return visit (I was last here in May 2013) – both visits after a trip to the nearby Bridgemere Garden Centre, the largest in Europe I believe.
There was a salad starter. Advertised as char siu pork, noodles, beansprouts, wilted bok choi, it was really just a heap of undressed rocket with a scattering of beansprouts, cashews and a few noodles. I played hunt the pork for a while (stop tittering at the back) and eventually found a couple of the thinnest of thin slices coated in a sweet gloop that was, presumably, the “oriental glaze”.
There was more sweet gloop coating my generous portion of chicken (breast and leg). Possibly a different sweet gloop as this was creole spiced gloop. There was very claggy rice & peas. And another big handful of rocket, this time mixed with pineapple and slivers of coconut. Most oddly, there was also a little dish of butternut squash puree served separately. It served no purpose that I could even speculate about. So, a plate of food drawing on many cuisines – none of them done well.
I should have done what Mrs H did and just order the burger. Big tasty patty, topped with cheddar & bacon. Bun that didn’t start to fall apart till near the end. Coleslaw & chips to accompany. Decent job!