The Clarendon is a rather fabulous pub situated on Clarendon avenue in Leamington Spa, we have visited several times over the past three years and it’s such a great place it’s easy to see how people return time and time again.
Our most recent visit was on a Sunday lunchtime, we had originally gone in to sample the burgers again but after a quick look at the menu I decided that I just had to sample the Sunday lunch, of course Mini Gourmand didn’t want to be left out so he said he would have one too.
The Clarendon offer three choices of Sunday roast costing £10 each, topside of Hereford beef, corn fed chicken breast and free range pork belly (there is also a nut roast for non meat eaters). I had decided to get the Beef and Mini Gourmand had decided to get the pork, then her eyes lit up. Mini Gourmand had spotted the Sunday roast sharing platter for £20, this served 2 people and contained all three meats and all of the trimmings served on a platter.
We all know that Mini Gourmand likes variety in her meals so this was the perfect choice for us and it meant that Baby Gourmand could choose what items he would like to eat. I noticed that you could order a side of cauliflower cheese for an extra £2 so I was sent to the bar to order the two items.
I can’t lie, this was probably one of the most impressive Sunday roasts that I’ve ever had. The picture above doesn’t actually do it justice but I couldn’t wait to get stuck in so I didn’t manage to take any more pictures, I also forgot to capture the Cauliflower cheese which was so delicious we ended up dipping our leftover veg into the sauce as we couldn’t bear to leave it.
So what did we get for £20? A hell of a lot of food that’s what! We got 2 huge homemade Yorkshire puddings, a bowl of deliciously spiced red cabbage, roast potatoes, roast carrots, parsnip and squash, leeks, green beans and broccoli. a large chicken breast, 3 large slices of beef, 3 slices of belly pork, stuffing, bread sauce, gravy, apple sauce and horseradish. Phew.
There was more than enough for the three of us and if Grandma Gourmand had been with us I think all four of us could have eaten this (with a dessert of course). If you do decide to visit and have the Sunday lunch, please order the cauliflower cheese as a side dish, you will not regret it!
I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to The Clarendon to have this again, the value for money was amazing and I definitely couldn’t have cooked it at home for the price. The staff couldn’t be friendlier if they tried, there is loads of space for pushchairs, prams and highchairs and the tables are well spaced out so if you do have children in your dining party you don’t need to worry about them upsetting other diners. Well worth a visit.