The Winterton Arms
Welcome to my pub review pages.
I thought it would be nice to write about something other than my children. My other favourite things; beer and food.
We live in a lovely part of the country and there are some excellent pubs to choose from, just recently we had a night out at The Winterton Arms –
Set on the A283 just outside Chiddingfold this is a welcoming foodie pub. It is run by the same people who run the The White Hart just up the road in Witley (No.1 Surrey Pub on Tripadviser). As seems to be de rigeur these days, the food majors on a theme, at the Winterton it is chops. Beef, Lamb and Pork. They also have their own smoker and the meat is beautifully BBQ’d. There are other delicious items on the menu but the stars really are the chops.
The outside of the pub shouts tradition but the inside is updated, it’s sort of “minimalist traditional” if there is such a thing. No horse brasses in sight but loads of rustic wood and by way of artwork; album covers. A little bit kitsch but it just about works. The draft beers are local ales and there is an excellent selection of craft beers to choose from, which will please my good friend @seeksbeer. I particularly enjoyed the Beavertown Black Betty IPA, at 7.4% it’s pretty punchy but has a very quaffable flavour more akin to a session beer below 5% so take it easy! My wife being a Kiwi likes to stick to NZ wines, although we do try to occasionally go off piste, not tonight though, the modest but well chosen wine list had a very drinkable Marlborough sauvignon by Fathoms which could be served by the glass.
For starters I chose brisket croquettes, the dish arrived with three of them and they were delicious, soft fluffy potato surrounding delicious bbq’y beef, yum. My wife had the korean fried wings. Sticky, lots of meat on these modest wings and they had a decent kick, not burning your mouth but the right level of heat, again delicious.
For mains, well we had to try the chops. I had the pork T-bone and was very pleased they came from a herd just down the road in Brook. The meat was delicious, perfectly cooked, the fat was just like pork belly and so soft, yum. My wife had the lamb (she is a Kiwi afterall), again the meat looked perfectly cooked and she really enjoyed it. We had a side of seasonal greens and fries.
We even found room for dessert. Now I’m a real pudding fiend and the desserts here are amazing. I had the nutella brownie, salted caramel mess, chocolate fudge and kinder bueno. It came in glass like a sundae and was divine. A good portion as well which pleased me. My wife chose the carrot cheesecake arctic roll, cinnamon ice cream and meringue. Again she loved it.
Prices are around £7 for starters and desserts with mains around £12-£20. Excellent value if you ask me, the food did not disappoint and the staff were attentive and friendly.