I felt a little uncomfortable going out for Sunday lunch so soon after weeks of over-indulgence on chocolate, mince pies and Christmas nibbles.
But it had to be done, so I invited two friends – Becky and Nikki – along to the Inn On The Green in Radbrook for a catch-up over a leisurely Sunday lunch.
The pub, located on Bank Farm Road, Radbrook, is run by owner Andrea Carswell and her daughter Gemma. We were given a warm greeting in the bar where we ordered drinks before heading into the separate dining room.
Obviously most other people are sticking to their new year’s resolutions because only one other party came and went while we sat chatting but Andrea assured me it was usually a lot busier. The pub only serves food at lunchtimes which I found a little unusual but apparently there’s just not enough demand for evening meals.
Andrea said lunchtimes were generally very popular and there can be anything up to 40 people choosing from the varied menu.
Unfortunately for us, and somewhat disappointingly, because it was a Sunday they only served a selection of roasts, which costs £5.50 or £6.95 including a sweet.
Rather unusually there are no starter options, but we each selected one of three roast options – beef, pork or lamb.
My pork with stuffing, apple sauce and gravy was served with roast potatoes and there was a generous portion of vegetables to share – including my favourite cauliflower cheese - the only negative for me was the lack of crackling.
Becky’s roast lamb with mint sauce tasted ‘lovely’ apparently and her request for extra gravy was granted straight away.
Nikki’s said her beef was ‘good homely cooking’ and we all cleared our plates and sat there feeling rather stuffed.
The empty plates were taken away and it was good to have some time for our roasts to go down before we were asked about puds.
There was a mouthwatering list of homemade desserts available and I opted for the sherry trifle – I thought the fruit would be good for me. Becky and Nikki couldn’t resist the warm chocolate fudge cake which came with a serving of cream and looked and smelled delicious.
Unfortunately I couldn’t finish all of my delicious trifle, and the large portions of fudge cake beat the others too.
Andrea and Gemma are in the middle of writing a new menu which should be available in the next few months. In the meantime, popular treats such as vegetable lasagne, chicken curry, fish and chips, burgers, paninis and baked potatoes are on offer.
The Inn also has a specials board with homemade curries, steak and ale pie, and fish pie, which on a Monday to Wednesday cost £4.95 and includes a sweet. I’d recommend it as an inexpensive place to go for decent homemade food – I left feeling very full and determined to start my new year’s resolutions all over again!