Saturday lunchtime in our household usually consists of whatever leftover sandwich fillings we can find in the fridge at the end of a busy week, plus screaming children and kids’ TV. So it was a pleasant treat to book ourselves a table for a light meal out at a local pub/restaurant instead.
The Nags Head in Pontesbury was our destination and a treat it was because, not only had we chosen the best time to arrive when it wasn’t so busy at 1.45pm, but it also meant that we had nothing more to do this mealtime then sit back and enjoy being waited on.
It had been at least 10 years since I’d been to the Nags Head, and back then I always thought of it as more of a ‘drinkers only’ establishment. These days it takes a much more food/drinki balance for customers, with a welcome brick separation wall between the bar and dining room.
On our arrival our host, Emma Burton, politely greeted us and promptly showed us to our reserved table with our drinks in hand, which was situated in the nostalgic and cosy dining area with smart wooden flooring.
We chose from the lunchtime and lights bites menu which was vast and varied, consisting of both hot and cold options for adults and children.
Snacks are also available if you wish. I chose a hot meal – home-made chicken curry and rice with a side of chips, my wife chose a tuna and sweetcorn baguette with a side salad and my son decided on sausage, chips and peas from the kids’ options.
My daughter, who is only one, ate anything and everything from our dishes that she could get her hands on!
All our orders were promptly taken and delivered in quick time, which is exactly what you hope for when your children are young and their patience fades very quickly.
Our meals were neatly presented, hot where applicable and fresh. All four of us enjoyed our meals very much and went on to order desserts.
I went for the treacle tart with custard, my wife chose apple crumble with custard and the children both had a simple ice cream. Every morsel was finished and we washed it all down with soft drinks from the bar. The restaurant has a separate evening meal and lunchtime menu and also offers a traditional Sunday lunch for £6.95. In the summer time, barbecues are held in the garden, which has a children’s play area and patio for drinkers.
The Nags Head also caters for weddings, christenings and other such private parties and events, and even offers a similar service for anyone who wishes to use the venue for business meetings.
The Nags Head really is a lovely, friendly place to nip for a quick bite. I felt very relaxed with the children and atmosphere, and can see why many local people enjoy regularly visiting the Nags Head for a meal.
From where we live it’s a short five minute drive to Pontesbury and I have no doubt we shall be returning at some point – depending on what’s left in the fridge!
For reservations and other enquiries call 01743 791 697.
Review by Bobby Clark