MEAL REVIEW: Horseshoes Inn, Rennington

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Another country drive and this time we ended up at Rennington.

Home to the scarecrows during the bank holiday weekend, it was somewhat quieter on Sunday.

Deep fried brie

Deep fried brie

Rennington is a beautiful little village, lovely houses, manicured lawns and, of course, the Horseshoes Inn.

We arrived just as it was opening for Sunday lunch and diners were already starting to flock inside.

Booking is definitely recommended, we hadn’t and were told we would have to leave the table after an hour or so, which was fine.

Traditional is how I would describe the Horseshoes.

Steak and Farne ale pie

Steak and Farne ale pie

The smiling staff at the bar are friendly and welcoming and we were quickly taken to our table.

Whitewashed walls adorned with plates from around the world welcome you in the restaurant, with timber beams in the arches.

We were made to feel very welcome as was our daughter, in fact, children were welcomed with open arms, which was nice as some pubs are not as accommodating.

The Sunday lunch menu isn’t extensive, but it certainly fits the bill.

Whit chocolate and Bailey's cheesecake

Whit chocolate and Bailey's cheesecake

Ravenous, we opted to go the whole hog and have three courses.

There were six different starter options and I plumped for the Craster smoked salmon at £7.50.

Mr M was torn between the house pate with oatcakes at £6.25 and deep-fried brie with redcurrant jelly at £6.50, but opted for the brie.

The starters arrived in double-quick time.

Caramel apple pie

Caramel apple pie

My salmon was lovely and fresh, I had two large slices on a huge salad with green leaves, onion and delicious home-made coleslaw. It was accompanied by four little triangles of seeded bread that was lightly coated with butter.

It was a nice start to the meal, not too filling, but just enough to satisfy the appetite.

The brie opposite looked delicious. A huge wedge had been freshly deep-fried and was accompanied by a small salad, again with the lovely coleslaw, and a big lump of redcurrant jelly, which looked like it was from a jar.

When my husband cut into the brie, it was gooey and delicious.

No sooner had our plates been cleared than our mains arrived.

Diners can choose from silverside of local beef with horseradish, leg of Northumbrian lamb and mint sauce (both £9.95) or roast pork with apple sauce and sage and onion stuffing (£8.95).

The Horseshoes Inn, Rennington

The Horseshoes Inn, Rennington

There are also other options including scampi (£9.95) and lemon, Craster smoked salmon and prawn salad (£11.95) and home-made steak and Farne ale pie.

I opted for the roast lamb while my husband went for the steak and ale pie.

While we weren’t given a children’s menu, a list of options was reeled off including fish fingers, chicken nuggets and scampi all served with chips and peas, or half a roast dinner. We opted for the scampi which was a perfect size.

The lamb was served with two roast potatoes, two scoops of mashed potato, a giant yorkshire pudding and a dish of carrots, broccoli and red cabbage.

I was also given an extra jug of gravy and a pot of mint sauce, which were both very welcome.

There were three thick slices of meat, which had clearly just been carved. It was lean and tender and absolutely delicious. And the red cabbage was to die for.

The pie also went down a treat. The meat was soft and you could taste the ale, but it wasn’t overpowering.

There was a slight overkill on potatoes though as it was served with two roast potatoes, mashed potato and chips.

With just enough room left for pudding, we couldn’t ignore the home-made treats.

Priced at £4.95, I went for the white chocolate and Bailey’s cheesecake and my other half the caramel apple pie, with a small fruit salad for the little one. Other options included toffee lumpy bumpy, meringue, fruit salad and cream or home-made syrup and ginger sponge pudding.

My cheesecake was topped with a layer of white chocolate and was creamy with a nice hint of Baileys and a crunchy base.

The pie had a thick layer of caramel on top encasing apples inside and was given the thumbs up.

All in all, good home-cooked food in a nice setting with friendly staff.

It isn’t a la carte, but it doesn’t try to be – it’s just proper good food.

SELECTION FROM THE MENU

STARTERS

Home-made soup of the day.......£4.75

Deep-fried crispy brie................£6.50

House pate and oatcakes...........£6.25

Norwegian prawn cocktail........£6.75

Craster smoked salmon............ £7.50

Fresh melon and Parma ham....£5.95

MAINS

Roast silverside of beef .............£9.95

Roast Northumbrian lamb........£9.95

Roast pork with apple sauce.....£8.95

Steak and Farne ale pie..............£9.95

Deep-fried catch of the day........£9.95

Vegetarian ratatouille............. £10.95

DESSERTS (ALL £4.95)

Lemon posset

Toffee lumpy bumpy

Syrup and ginger sponge pudding

Meringue, fruit salad and cream

White chocolate and Bailey’s cheesecake

A NICE PUB THAT KEEPS TO TRADITION

The Horseshoes is a good old pub. It serves good food, which is homemade and tasty and it prides itself on using local produce where possible. It offers a main menu Tuesday to Saturday and is closed on Mondays. The pub also has a lovely beer garden, and is well worth a visit, especially for the desserts.

Star ratings (out of 10)

Quality of food 7.5

Choice 7

Vegetarian choice 5

Value for money 7.5

Atmosphere 7.5

Service 9

Use of local produce 8

Children catered for 8

Toilet for disabled No

Access for disabled (there is a step to go up to get inside) 7

Overall rating 7.5

Verdict: Good home-cooked food with friendly staff in a nice village location.

Contact: Call 01665 577665, visit thehorseshoesrennington.co.uk or join the Facebook page.