There’s quite a lot of things I like about Brunning & Price pubs. But I think the thing I like most is that, although a small chain, each pub is run autonomously, so the landlord and his chef can set their own menus. So, there’s always something of interest even if you know that there must be some central guidance that says there must be some dishes that have to be on the menu for example, I’m sure I’ve never been in one of their pubs and there hasn’t been some form of long braised lamb dish.
There are other things that appeal to us. There’s obviously some discretion for the chef to source locally so, for example, the menu may mention that the sausages are from the village butcher or, as today, the cheese selection is mainly Welsh, with the only English one being from just down the road in Nantwich. The buildings are always interesting in themselves; there’s comfortable seating and tables are spaced well apart. And there’s always beers from small local breweries.
Today, we were only in the mood for a lightish main course. A fish finger sandwich was anything but a few of Captain Birdseye’s on supermarket sliced white. Here it was strips of cod, breaded, deepfried and served up on thick slices of of good tasty bread. A dollop of tartare sauce and a little leaf salad completed the plate. A warm salad across the table – fried baby squid, king prawns and chorizo sat on salad leaf, sliced roasted artichokes, peppers, etc. Really tasty. We shared a bowl of chips.
Just about everything you need from a pub lunch.