The Duke of Cambridge, Tilford
My wife and I actually managed to have an evening off recently, so off we went in search for fun, frolics and high jinks! Ok, perhaps not quite that but we did go and try out another local pub; The Duke of Cambridge in Tilford. Numerous local friends and acquaintances have recommended this place to us so I thought it was high time we give it a try.
We went on one of the first nice days of this year and noticed that the garden was slowly decanting of a number of families obviously taking advantage of the respite in the weather. There is a large garden and what looks like an excellent play area for children. This is clearly a popular place. There is a “barn” area which I think would be lovely on a warm summers evening and the main bar/restaurant area. We were seated in the latter, which was already very busy.
The pub is part of a group which includes the ever popular Stag on the River in Eashing. They all have the same rustic look and very “gastro” feel.
First off the drinks. I enjoy a nice ale and was pleased to see they had a couple of choices from the pubs very own micro brewery, the Tilford Brewery. I had their Roaring Gold, a nice golden ale at 4.3%, perfect for an evening such as this. My wife ordered her usual Sauvignon blanc, this time a French one.
It was good to see that the menu included a lot of local produce, in fact the pub appears to pride itself on its relationship with local producers.
For starters we decided to go for their sharing board, the ‘British Board’. A delicious combination of meats and fish. The rare roast beef and ale battered tiger prawns were the highlight.
We suffered with too much choice for our mains. The menu sounds delicious and I wish we had chosen something like the delicious sounding like the ‘English steak and St Peters dark ale’ pie or the Sirloin which looked amazing when we saw it come out for other diners.
However, I went for one of the specials, a boar and chorizo burger with beef tomato, local cos lettuce in a brioche bun along with seasoned fries. My wife went for the fish and chips. I have to admit we were both a little disappointed with our choices. While my burger sounded amazing, when it arrived it didn’t look like some artisan burger but something very neat and perfectly round that you would get perhaps of a stall in a farmers market. The lettuce was wilted and it just didn’t look that substantial. It was quite edible, I just expected a lot more from the description on the board.
My wife has since decided not to order pub fish & chips again. It’s not that they were disappointing, it’s just that they were no different from any other fish & chips you get at a pub. There was no wow factor.
We both had dessert. I chose the warm chocolate ice cream sundae and my wife had the maple and pecan tart with rhubarb and custard ice cream. Both were delicious. My only criticism here would be larger portions please! But then I am a bit of a pudding fiend.
I’m not sure we will be rushing back. However the garden looks amazing for children so perhaps we will revisit in the summer for a pub lunch with the children. This time I will stick to my gut instinct and go for the pie!
Three and a half stars!