On this occasion we have a taster menu made up for us on a long leisurely afternoon with our genial host A.J. I'll judge it against other taster menus rather than normal pub food of which the Parkers is much superior. Any of our comments are really down to our own personal tastes and palate and it's important to be honest and constructive on a website like this if you're going to do it properly. We find Stosie generally favours a more acidic flavour to us but that comes down to our personal taste which maybe different to yours.
Spring Taster Menu.
Parkers Potato skins & salsa. These are the best I've had here, hot, crisp and salty. (Sam likes these as we can hear from his loud crunching under the table). The salsa is even better than I remember it.
Stosie's curd cheese Za'atar & scorched broccoli. The charred, crunchy broccoli and that smoky soft cheese is such a joy to eat. A simple and lovely dish.
Cured wild sea trout, Beetroot, creamed horseradish, sorrel. Stosie has made up this menu with us in mind and knowing our personal tastes (lighter fish dishes). So we love this one, especially the delicate fresh trout which is beautiful, although the horseradish can be a little overpowering. It doesn't need so much, as the fish is so beautiful on its own virtually unadorned.
Most things here are sourced locally and seasonally. Where there is flatbread for instance, it's a given that it will be made in house as the fish and meat is cured on site. It's hundreds of these 'small things' (which are not of course) that are often overlooked elsewhere and corners are cut. Never here. Like I said, pubs like the Parkers are uncommon. It's everything British pub food should be.
The taster Menu costs us £35 each at quiet times only but you can still get extras if you let Stosie know via twitter and her #tweettreats.