Having heard about the new menu at the Joiners Arms we were looking forward to seeing what all the fuss was about. And now I can understand why!
As we arrived at the bar it was full of people, the relaxed atmosphere allows guests to enjoy a drink mid-dog walk or get dressed up to enjoy a family meal.
The bar hosts an array of drinks, from locally sourced beers to over 40 premium soft drinks including their fresh home-made lemonade which is served with a ball of lemon sorbet, and a whole host of wines and funky cocktails.
Luckily for me they also have a magnificent range of gins, including Bathtub, Curio and Poetic License. I opted for the King of Soho, which was a nice smooth gin served with a wedge of grapefruit, which complimented it really well. Each gin is served in a beautiful glass with a different fruit or vegetable advised to the bar staff by gin experts.
The pub has recently undergone a renovation, the rustic restaurant has been beautifully resorted, maintaining the original interior features.
The new menu is full of tempting dishes, from Pan fried sea bass fillet with saffron new potato hash with lime, soy and ginger and a sesame dressing (£15) to more traditional hearty dishes such as homemade chicken and leek pie with white wine, cream and tarragon sauce with puff pastry, chicken gravy, crushed new potatoes and green beans (£11).
The large range of pizza’s are made in the authentic wood fire oven and have just about every topping you could imagine. For the main course we opted for the sharing rib of beef, (£45 for two people). The beef, cooked in an authentic Josper charcoal oven, provided a beautiful BBQ flavour.
The 35 day aged rib eye steak, came with Cajun spiced sweet potato wedges, greens, peppercorn sauce, chips, tomatoes, garlic confit mushroom and beer battered onion rings. The platter was overwhelmingly generous but was also beautifully presented and every ingredient was cooked to perfection. The peppercorn sauce had a surprising kick to it, which worked well with the chunky Cajun spiced wedges.
As we enjoyed our meal every table was full of people soaking up the relaxing atmosphere and stunning new menu.
Although we were really full the desserts were far to tempting to resist. I chose the ice cream scroll (£5), I wouldn’t normally opt for ice cream but it’s so much more than that. The bespoke ice cream is made fresh to order on their unique ice bench offering great entertainment for kids. There was Madagascan vanilla with mint chocolate and after eight mints sprinkled on top, accompanied by a fresh waffle basket, whipped cream, chocolate sticks and a beautifully branded Joiners Arms wafer disc. This was the perfect way to cleanse the pallet and top the meal off.
My dinner guest enjoyed the lemon meringue pie, the texture and consistency was spectacular and the lemon was very powerful – the food at the Joiners could never be described as bland.
The staff were extremely warm and welcoming. They cannot do enough for you, and were helpful in providing recommendations.
The Joiners naturally boasts a cosy, informal atmosphere, which is full of character both in the food and décor.
Set to renovate and develop further in the coming months, I’m excited to see how it can possibly improve further
Have you tried the new menu at the Joiners Arms? What did you think of it?