And we're back!
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, I had a pint of beer in my hand, at a proper pub, in the sun!
With all the amazing canned and bottled beers available, I haven't been short on something decent to drink over the past few months but to actually have a real beer again was a moment to cherish. And what better place to do it than the Hand & Trumpet in Wrinehill. I have never been to a poor Brunning & Price pub and having been here on several occasions before, knew I wasn't to be disappointed.
The aforementioned are an excellent chain that doesn't feel like a chain. All of their pubs that I have had the pleasure of visiting, offer excellent beers and a straight forward, but great menu. This was the first time since the last lockdown that we had been 'out out' and although I have remained a little nervous of what awaited, I needn't have worried. The Hand & Trumpet has a large beer garden, with well spaced tables, a one way system through the pub when you need to go inside and excellent and attentive staff, all adhering to the new rules perfectly.
As it was a Sunday, there was of course only one thing for it. A roast. But first that pint. I've always been a fan of Salopian and being told that they had Oracle on draught was music to my ears, swiftly followed by the trusted and always satisfying Timmy Taylor Landlord. With a huge array of beers on the market theses days I often find myself drawn back to this old friend even when there are so many others to choose from, as it never fails to deliver and tastes like proper beer.
Superb starters of halloumi fries with a tomato salsa and warm chorizo sausage with roquito peppers paved the way nicely for roast beef and pork with all the trimmings. The measure of a good roast is always the Yorkshire pudding and having regularly asked for an extra helping in the past - no such action was necessary on this occasion. The chicken, ham and leek pie with mash, buttered greens and white wine and tarragon sauce was superb, perfectly presented with large pieces of meat and an excellent pastry case.
Having been trapped inside for so long this was the ideal way to get back out and about. Knowing it was a 'safe pair of hands' regarding the food and beer, the meticulous attention to the safety of the patrons was incredibly reassuring. Maybe I was looking at things through slightly rose tinted pint glasses as we were being released into a relatively normal world for the first time, the sun was shining and we could actually meet family at a pub, however it was still the perfect way to ease ourselves back into socialising and reality. I still feel for those pubs without adequate outdoor space who remain closed and hope everything stays on course for us to be able to enjoy their hospitality soon
Starters - £5.95 each
Mixed roast - £15.95
For more information: https://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/hand/