IT'S been unseasonably hot. By rights, come mid-September we should be feasting on steak and ale pie, hot vegetable chilli, and lamb shank. Instead, boiled to a crisp by the walk from the car-park to the door, we're left perusing the salads and 'lite bites'. When they did Yorkshire puddings on the Bake Off this week, it was like Millets advertising kagoules in July.
The White Star is a case in point. Its 'pub classics' menu is firmly based around good hearty fare. Liver and onions (fantastic) is in there, reduced in a rich red wine gravy, and served over creamy mashed potato with vegetables. There's Titanic beer battered cod, not fished from the hull of the sunken liner, but rather named after the chain which owns this establishment, and chicken in woodland sauce, which rather sounds like it should arrive with a tureen of leaf mulch, but is actually served in a cream and mushroom affair with vegetables and chips
The White Star grill, meanwhile, offers a choice of rump, sirloin, ribeye, and gammon. Captain Smith's mixed grill has steak, sausage, pork chop, chicken breast, two eggs, black pudding, grilled tomato, fried cupped mushroom and a 'large helping' of hand-cut chips. I'm sorry, but that's not going to happen in 80 degree heat. Burgers and jacket potatoes also abound.
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