Spring menu arrives at The Duke of Wellington pub and this is what you can tuck into

April 16, 2018
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As the days lengthen and the sunshine returns, it’s time to set aside the heartier dishes of winter and look ahead to the lighter, fresher tastes of spring.

If you head over to The Duke of Wellington in East Horsley , you’ll find the best of the new season’s offerings served fresh daily, every day of the week, as well as a glorious garden where you can once again look forward to sitting outside with a plate of something delicious and a glass or two of something chilled.

Alfresco dinging at The Duke Of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington’s head chef Nic Baba has picked superb local produce to create his seasonal menu and my partner and I couldn’t wait to sample it.

Diners can expect Wye Valley asparagus, day-boat fish fresh from Brixham, Yorkshire rhubarb and farmhouse cheeses like Rosary goats’ cheese made on the edge of the New Forest.

Duke of Wellington review: Indulge in home comforts at humble country pub

Spring cheese board

Located just across the road from the prominent former gatehouse to Horsley Towers, with its mock-medieval turrets, the gastro pub is located in an impressive, accessible corner of leafy Surrey surrounded by picturesque walking routes.

The Duke Of Wellington is a British gastro pub

We popped in on a Sunday afternoon to be greeted with a menu of tempting spring favourites alongside traditional roast dinners including Aubrey’s Dry-aged rump of beef, Jimmy Butler’s free-range leg of pork and crackling, vegetable Wellington and roast of the day (lamb to my boyfriend’s delight).

Spring starters included seared native scallops with melting Suffolk pork belly, a silky cauliflower purée and crispy shallots, free-range chicken, bacon and spring onion croquettes with a tangy tomato chutney or spring vegetable Carnaroli risotto with seeded Gran Moravia crisp, available as a starter or main course dish.

New mains comprised of feta, spinach and red pepper tart with carrot, orange and avocado salad, roasted salmon fillet Niçoise salad or carrot, buckwheat, pomegranate and chickpea salad with crunchy toasted seeds and harissa dressing, adding your choice of chicken, grilled halloumi or poached salmon if you fancy.

Carrot, buckwheat, pomegranate and chickpea salad with crunchy toasted seeds and harissa dressing

For dessert, there was Yorkshire rhubarb and brandy snap fool, coconut pannacotta with pineapple and mango salsa and praline crumb and glazed lemon tart with a crisp raspberry coulis.

We sat in an elegant booth overlooking the chic yet homely restaurant and started with a glass of white rioja, a monthly special, recommended by our lovely waitress.

My partner decided what pudding he was going to have within seconds of sitting down, and so decided to pass on a starter so he would have room.

However, I loved the sound of Vietnamese raw vegetable and rice noodles having tried that cuisine for the very first time just two weeks prior, so I ordered that.

As it was a cold dish I didn’t have to wait long for the fresh delight to turn up and when it did it looked pretty and appetizing.

Vietnamese raw vegetable and rice noodle salad

The vegetables had a great bite and the noodles were soft and soaked up the fragrant, sweet sauce.

It was packed full of superfoods and I felt healthy eating it.

I continued with the delicate tastes of spring with my main course of pan-roast salmon fillet Niçoise salad .

Being a salad, I thought it would be nice and refreshing but perhaps not very filling, but I was pleasantly surprised.

There wasn’t a lettuce leaf in sight! My plate was piled high with al dente green beans, warm new potatoes, a huge heap of succulent, juicy salmon and a fat soft boiled egg with a vivid orange yolk.

Everything was cooked perfectly and the protein-packed dish was surprisingly filling and extremely satisfying.

Salmon Nicoise

My parter was just as content with his roast lamb.

Served with crispy, hot roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, roasted roots, rich gravy and the biggest Yorkshire pudding we had ever seen, it was a roast lunch triumph.

While I sipped on a cranberry mojito mocktail, he squeezed in a slice of glazed lemon tart with raspberry coulis.

The ultra thin, buttery pastry shell was generously filled with a smooth custard boasting zesty citrus flavours and the perfect wobble.

The Duke of Wellington is an ancient country pub with a striking appearance thanks to Lord Lovelace’s Victorian passion for decorative brickwork.

But it was just as impressive when we went inside. The food and drink was delicious, the service spot on and the warm atmosphere suits any occasion whether you are stopping off for a drink post-walk, or sitting down to a hearty family meal.

The Duke of Wellington pub in East Horsley

What we ate:

Starter:

  • Vietnamese raw vegetable and rice noodle salad and cashews with a sweet chilli dressing, £6.75

Mains:

  • Sunday roast of the day – lamb with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, roasted roots, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, £15
  • Pan-roast salmon fillet Niçoise salad, £16.25

Roast lamb at The Duke of Wellington in East Horsley

Dessert:

  • Glazed lemon tart with raspberry coulis, £6.25

Lemon tart

What we drank:

  • Cranberry Mojito mocktail – cranberry juice, fresh lime, mint, sugar and soda, £4
  • Wine of the month – white rioja

Cranberry Mojito mocktail

How to book a table at The Duke of Wellington:

Address: Guildford Road, East Horsley , Leatherhead, KT24 6AA

Telephone: 01483 282312

Website: dukeofwellingtoneasthorsley.co.uk

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9.30am-midnight and Sun 9.30am-11pm

Dress code: Casual

Cuisine: British gastro pub

Parking: Large free pub car park

Facilities: Walking route, real ales, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday roasts, child-friendly and private room hire.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/spring-pub-menu-arrives-duke-14533350


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