The Keepers Arms, Quenington – Review
During a weeks holiday to the Cotswolds, we wanted to keep to our usual habits as mush as possible which meant finding a country pub that served a Sunday roast. After short online search we stumbled across The Keepers Arms.
Located in the village of Quenington, it was only 20 minutes away from the holiday park that was our home for the week and incidentally has 4 ensuite rooms which can accommodate well behaved dogs for a small additional charge.
Driving through the village while following Google Maps instructions meticulously, you can’t help admiring the beauty of the exterior of The Keepers Arms on arrival. The sun was blazing down on us and while there were covered tables and chairs outside, we opted to take a table in the cool stonewalled interior.
Being presented with a menu on a chalkboard instead of a laminated menu with loads of options was a great sign that the kitchen based their offerings on locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
At home we’d normally go straight in for the roast, but we were on holiday so we pushed the boat out and had starters. It was pigs in blankets for the children, hummus with bread croutes for me and a half pint of prawns for my husband.
It wasn’t long until the starters arrived and we were 4 happy people very much enjoying ourselves!
When it came to the main event, the choice was simple. Roast beef for all!
The thing to add at this point in my review is that you may have noticed the absence of a children’s menu. That’s because children can have a half portion of anything on the menu. I just wish other restaurants and pubs who serve food had the same attitude.
What can I tell you about the roast? Well it was a 10 out of 10 from us all! Delicious beef, a huge Yorkshire Pudding, a great selection of vegetables including red cabbage, roasted carrots and parsnips and if that wasn’t enough there was a generously filled bowl of roast potatoes for the table!
Anyone have room for dessert?
As you will no doubt have noticed, my plate was empty with the exception of a little gravy, but then the question came ‘Did we have room for pudding?” I don’t feel that you can make that decision without taking a little peak at the menu and there was certainly a great selection.
Now, sticky toffee would be my usual go-to, but in the ice cream selection there was one flavour that caught my attention. That ingredient was Yuzu and as an avid viewer of Bake Off Professionals I’d seen many creations which included this ingredient so I had to try it.
If you’re unfamiliar with Yuzu, it’s a citrus fruit and while some people compare it to a lemon (it’s a different fruit), the flavour is fresh and a little sour!
It was ice cream and sorbet for everyone! For me it had to be honeycomb and yuzu. A great combination to end what was a lovely meal. Benjamin loves everything raspberry so he had a scoop to accompany the chocolate ice cream, and as you can agree it looks, bright and vibrant. It tasted so fresh with just enough sharpness!
Food : 5 out of 5 – there was a great selection of dishes without being overwhelmed with too many options. This has to be the best roast dinner we’ve had while dining out in a very long time!
Venue and staff: 5 out of 5 – the interior of the pub is as stylish as the exterior is beautiful! The staff were friendly, attentive and very efficient. The pub had a lovely atmosphere with other patrons having a lovely time!
Likelihood of visiting again : 5 out of 5 – The next time we’re in the area it’s the first place we plan to book a table. It’s a gem of a pub in a lovely village!
Visit The Keepers Arms website for full details of their location, menus and for details of booking a short stay in one of their ensuite rooms. Click here to book a table and try the roast for yourself.
Please note that this review is based on a meal that I’ve purchased and the review reflects my own honest opinion.
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