Friday, 25 November 2016
Sunday Lunch At The Crooked Chimney - Lemsford
When the weather gets cold and the days get darker what could be more comforting, cosy and reassuring than heading out for a tasty Sunday Roast. I usually love cooking but it's been a busy time recently and it was lovely to be invited by the Crooked Chimney to try out their revamped restaurant last Sunday. I was really looking forward to being able to enjoy the tastes and flavours without all the stress and labour and of course not having to clear up afterwards!
As we've been on a bit of a health kick recently we thought we'd walk the two miles to the pub through pretty Lemsford Village and although the children weren't keen at first once we got out of the house they loved kicking through the leaves, spotting the unusual doorknockers on the quaint houses in the village and spotting squirrels and birds. Soon we spotted the eponymous chimney on the horizon with a welcoming plume of smoke which spoke to us of warmth and beckoned us in! The pub itself looked lovely and festive with a roaring fire and we were greeted by a smiling face and shown to our table.
I loved the fact that the children were made very welcome too with special menus which they could colour in and which were full of fun nature facts for them to discover. When you have young children it's always nice to go to places that are family friendly and we appreciated the effort that had been made for them.
Me, my husband and my son all went for roasts and my daughter (always a little individual) went for pizza and chips! Our meals came quickly and we were all very impressed with the portions which were very generous. I had the turkey as I was feeling very festive and it was delicious and came with as much gravy as you wanted! I liked the fact that there was lots of veg as well. My son had roast beef which he devoured and my husband had a trio of meats which he also really enjoyed. We all loved our meals and there was a lovely convivial atmosphere all around us.
Although we were pretty full we always seem to have room for desert and the children had chocolate ice cream which they pronounced 'yummy'! I had apple pie and my husband had apple crumble both with lashing of custard of course.
As we put on our coats, gloves and hats and left the warmth of the pub for the walk home we felt relaxed, rested and revived - what more could you want from a Sunday Lunch!
To find out more about the Crooked Chimney visit their website at http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/east/thecrookedchimneywelwyngarden