The Griffin is Great!!

Once a month I try to get together with one of my old work colleagues, H. We currently work in different parts of the county, but for 8 years worked in the same office.

Each month we like to try a new place to eat. Sometimes it can be casual (well as casual as I get) BBQ or burgers, another time it will be A la Carte all the way!

This month we decided to go to a local 17th century pub, which has a lovely refurbished restaurant within it, called The Griffin.

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Not only does The Griffin have a full A la Carte menu, they also have themed nights most of the week; Pasta night, steak night, pub favourites and even fish and chip night!

Now, I have been to The Griffin for a couple of beers many moons ago, but never for food. So I was totally unprepared for the whole experience.

The restaurant is beautifully set out, Crystal votive holders, cream linen and a beautiful swagged ceiling. Very swish indeed!

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Now, I had looked at the menu in advance and was torn between a couple of the main course items on it, and I knew I was in for a tough decision when eventually pressed for an answer.

In the end, I opted for the Belly Pork for my starter – Twice cooked pork belly, crackling, toasted walnuts on an apple puree, finished off with a balsamic glaze. Now, after years of not eating pork, I tried pork belly about a year ago and it has become one of my firm favourites. If I see it on a menu, I always choose it.grif17I have to say I was so impressed with my choice! The pork belly was beautifully moist, fell apart on the plate yet the crackling was so crispy and full of flavour. I polished off every morsel on my plate.

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My main course had been a bit harder to choose. I was torn between two different steak dishes, and a lamb dish.  My options were as follows –grif18Now I absolutely love Steak Rossini. It is one of my very favourite things in the world to eat. So do I go for the trusty favourite, or try something different?

I decided to try something different which left me down to the other two choices. Both sounded delicious, and I was angling towards the Steak Boursin, however I was a little put off by the black pudding.

When the waitress came over to take our orders, I thought I chance my luck. I asked if it was possible to substitute the gallette for another kind of potato, preferably parmentier. She thought it would be no problem at all, so that was my decision made. Steak Boursin for me!

Did I make the right choice? Oh I really did!

The fillet of beef was cooked rare, just as I had requested and it was a huge piece of meat. The little parmentier potatoes were crispy and delicious, and the sauce was absolutely divine. The best part however was the thick slab of Boursin garlic cheese which began to melt over the top of the hot fillet.

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The texture and taste of the beef with the soft cheese was out of this world. I literally could not get enough of it. I managed to clear my whole plate and I was really impressed by the whole course.

H had gone for the Rossini, having never had it before, and she was really enamored over the choice. Again, every last piece was eaten, and we both were effusive in our compliments over the meals.

We had a little break before deciding whether we wanted a dessert or not, and to be honest, I could have gone without one. However, they sounded so good that we both decided to give it a go, and if we couldn’t manage it all, it wouldn’t be the end of the World.

For some reason we both opted for the Wild Berry Pavlova, a fresh pavlova topped with Chantilly cream and wild berries. Well I have to say, I was so glad I decided to give it a go. It was absolutely scrumptious. Chewy yet crisp, with zingy berries bursting with juice. I was one of the loveliest Pavlova’s I have had in a long time, including my own homemade variety!

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We spent a little while after our meal chatting, and then it was finally time to call it a night. We ordered the bill which for the 3 courses each and a bottle of Pinot Grigio came to £90. We both agreed it was worth every single penny.

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The Griffin is a lovely place to dine out, the staff exceedingly friendly, and the food of an amazing standard. I thoroughly recommend a visit there if you are in the area, I know it won’t be the last time I return there!

Thank you to all at The Griffin that gave us a wonderful experience – Keep up the amazing work.

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  • Oh that decor!!! So not what you expect from the outside picture!

    C x
    CurvyGirlThin.com

    • Tanya Brannan

      Exactly! But it was lovely Charli x

  • LaaLaa

    Wow, when I read refurbished I didn’t expect the pictures, how beautiful. I love how they display their food. You look lovely hun xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much! xx

  • Looks like a great pub, nice to see a veggie option on the menu. Glad you enjoyed your night out!

    • Tanya Brannan

      There were more options than that, but I only showed the pages that I chose from. Lots of fish and pasta too x

  • Look like a really nice place to eat, the food look divine!

    http://www.annanuttall.com

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was superb x

  • Angela Milnes

    This sounds like an amazing place to eat out. Yummy…and you look fab too!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was! And thank you so much x

  • You had me at the pork belly starter, the griffins sounds like a lovely place to have a meal.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was SO tasty Anosa!! xx

  • Home and Horizon

    Isn’t it great when you discover a local treasure which actually serves decent home grub? Wish we had more ‘Griffins’ where I live!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was fab. I know It won’t be long before I visit again x

  • Oh my gosh, what a nice place! A return visit is definitely a good idea. Your dishes looked wonderful!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I could eat them all over again! x

  • It’s nice that you all try to meet up every month or so, looks like you made a great decision with your food x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I certainly did Rhian. In fact, I would probably choose the same thing next time I visit x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    That looks like a lovely place! I would have gone with that steak too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was so delicious!!

  • What a great looking place and a lovely thing to do with each other on a regular basis. A very reasonable price for the quality too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was, and I am so glad we choose to give it a try x

  • As a vegan the menu looks a bit meaty for me, but the decor looks nice & I love old buildings.

    I don’t want to lecture, but do you know what is involved in making foie gras?

    http://www.somethinginthewayshemoves.me

    • Tanya Brannan

      There were quite a lot of other menu options including vegetarian, pasta and fish but I only showed the pages of what I chose.
      I do know how the make it, hence why I had boursin cheese on mine x

  • Oh The Griffin really sounds like my kinda pub! Love the sound of the belly pork starter. YUM

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was the best I have ever had! x

  • Pavolva is one of my favourite puddings ever! Looks brilliant 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was a fabulous example of how pavlova should be done x

  • Bex Smith

    Sounds like a fab place! Your food looks delicious (its making me feel SO hungry!) and the menu looks great!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It’s making me hungry just replying to you! x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Pretty much dribbling down the screen right now, I do love a decent pork belly x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was the best I have ever had to be honest x

  • *Beth Twinderelmo*

    Tasty menu and good choices. Hope you enjoyed your catch up too x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I did! it was lovely to have an evening nattering x

  • Jessica Dearnley

    The restaurant interior looks so pretty, but I feel like the menu is lacking for vegetarians like myself.

    • Tanya Brannan

      There were a lot of other menu options but I only showed the pages that had the food I chose 🙂 x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    Ooo the food looks good, will have to check it out!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is amazing!! x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I really like these old style pubs. Looks like you had a nice time x

    • Tanya Brannan

      We really did. And the food was the icing on the cake

  • That pavlova looks divine and its great that they managed to cater it to your preferences.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was out of this world Ana x

  • The restaurant looks so beautiful! I also loved your outfit that day- so fab!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Candice Nikeia xx

  • Lynn Lemon Fancy

    Made me hungry just reading this – sounds wonderful. Great photos!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Lynn! x

  • Kira L Curtis

    I think that’s a pretty good price for 3 courses each and the wine! If that was near where I live it would be triple the price at least! The food all sounds so delicious, it’s making me so hungry! I probably would’ve gone for either the soup or camembert for starters then had the pork for mains 😀

    • Tanya Brannan

      I struggled to choose and I wanted so many of the different options! x

  • I love traditional English pubs. The food menu looks lovely and the interior is so cute 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is a really good pub as well as restaurant. I will definitely be going back x

  • Annie Brooks

    I always forget to go to places like this. Best oart is you can really relax in these places too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was so chilled out inside – no hassle or pressure. A perfect evening all round x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow doesn’t the food look amazing I bet you had a wonderful time.

    • Tanya Brannan

      We really did Melanie x

  • I do love a pub lunch. It all looks wonderful.

    • Tanya Brannan

      The food was sublime! x