I love steak and for me there is nothing better than an Aubrey Allen steak, I’ve waxed lyrical about my love for Aubrey Allen butchers time and time again to the point that my parents who live in Newcastle upon Tyne stock up on their meat when they come to visit me so you can imagine my delight when I heard that the Star & Garter pub in Leamington Spa were going to hold a grill night every Thursday evening.
I went to the opening night with my friend Ms Teacher as Mr Gourmand was babysitting Mini and Baby Gourmand. I hadn’t seen Ms Teacher since last Summer so was looking forward to a catch up alongside some delicious food.
The Star & Garter has had a refurbishment since my last visit and although I liked the décor before it really is a lot more stylish and has a cosier, informal feel to it.
I briefly met Colin Barber who is the manager at the Star & Garter and it was apparent that he is a super friendly and welcoming man which is exactly what you want when you walk into a pub, there is nothing worse than feeling out of place and thankfully the vibe at the Star & Garter couldn’t have been more friendly.
Russell Allen is a bit of an expert when it comes to butchery, after all Aubrey Allen are butchers to the Queen. Learning about the different cuts of meat was incredibly interesting and just made our decision about which cut to have all the more harder.
After a lot of deliberating we finally made our steak choices. I went for the 28 day dry-aged 10oz Onglet steak and Ms Teacher decided to try the 28 day dry-aged 8oz Spider steaks which was a steak neither of us were familiar with. First things first though, we wanted to try the starters.
Ms Teacher ordered the Dorset smoked duck, orange and almond salad (£7.50) which tasted like nothing we had ever tasted before. The duck had the most beautiful flavour and it’s something I would definitely order on my next visit.
A creature of habit, I went for the Potted crab & prawns with toasted sourdough (£6.75) which tasted just as delicious as it looks. It’s always nice to get a decent chuck of bread when you order a dish like this and it didn’t disappoint. The rocket added a lovely peppery kick to the dish and I was pleased that Ms Teacher had more table manners than Mr Gourmand and only took a small taste rather than half my dish!
Neither myself or Ms Teacher were expecting our steaks to look quite so delicious. It was one of those moments when you have ultimate envy at the other persons dish even though your own looks amazing in its own right.
Ms Teacher ordered sweet potato fries and blue cheese sauce on the side of her spider steaks. She had only expected one of the steaks we were shown and was pleasantly surprised with the sheer amount of meat on her plate. As steak goes this was delicious, so tender and flavourful and I was told that the blue cheese sauce was one of the nicest she has had.
Greed took over when I ordered my sides and I went for triple cooked chips, they don’t call me a gourmand for nothing! Peppercorn sauce was my accompaniment and I always take a bit of a risk when I order this as I’m always looking for the perfect peppercorn sauce, believe me so many places get it so wrong. Not on this occasion thankfully.
There is so much I could say about the steak, I’m not actually going to though because the pictures really do speak for themselves.
We ordered a side of beer battered onion rings (£3.50) as I have a bit of a thing for onion rings, we really didn’t need these as we had so much delicious food to munch through and I’m blaming these rings of deliciousness for the fact I couldn’t manage a dessert.
I do want to mention the desserts even though I didn’t actually eat one. There is an incredible selection of cheese for the cheese board which contains two of my favourites baked golden Cenarth and Brie de Nangis.
When I go out for dinner at a pub or restaurant I look for a couple of things, these things are what makes me want to go back time and time again. My first request is that the food is fresh and home cooked, the second is that the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and the third is that the establishment is family friendly. The Star & Garter ticked all three of my boxes and I can’t wait until my next visit.
If you happen to be in the Leamington Spa area and are looking for a friendly pub that serves delicious home cooked food I really do recommend Grill Night at the Star & Garter which can be found at 4-6 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5LL.