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The Clarendon Leamington Spa

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.

clarendon sunday lunch


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.


The Oxford Café, Leamington Spa

We walk past The Oxford Café each time we go into town but had never ventured inside until last Sunday when we saw a sign outside offering Sunday lunch with fresh vegetables and homemade gravy and Yorkshire puddings for a really good price. The price, was in fact, a lot cheaper than any other restaurants in the area, so we decided to make a visit to see for ourselves if an inexpensive Sunday lunch could be as good as the many other restaurants of Leamington Spa.


Each Sunday The Oxford Café offer a choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts for a very reasonable price as shown in the picture above.  You can’t get much for £6.95, and considering most of the other places we have visited locally charge around £9.95 for Sunday Lunch, you really are getting a bargain if you choose to eat here.

After perusing the menu I actually decided against a starter as I wasn’t sure how long Baby Gourmand would sit quietly for, and went straight for a main course, there is no doubt about the fact I would have gone for the prawn cocktail had Baby Gourmand been asleep.


Mini Gourmand fancied something a little bit different so went for the Mushroom Wellington, it was served in a rich sauce and was beautifully presented on the plate.  The wellington was stuffed with mushrooms, rice and what tasted like blue cheese, I did have a smell and as I thought Mini Gourmand was right about the cheese, I didn’t try it for myself as I am terribly allergic to the stuff.  Mini Gourmand had no complaints with this dish which did appear to be homemade, the roast potatoes were delicious and the Yorkshire pudding was homemade as you can see.  It’s not often that Mini Gourmand can’t eat another bite but this dish really did fill her up.


As I don’t eat pork, and Mini Gourmand had already gone for the Mushroom Wellington, I decided to go for the chicken; Baby Gourmand also loves chicken and I figured he would no doubt be helping me out.  My chicken was served with a rich gravy, roast potatoes cooked in goose fat, homemade Yorkshire pudding and a stuffing ball.  I don’t usually like to eat chicken on the bone with a roast dinner, I can understand why restaurants do this for portion sizes but I always seem to spend so long removing the skin and trying to take off pieces of meat that the rest of my dinner has gone cold.  That being said I did really enjoy this chicken, it was moist, tasty and fell away from the bone easily.

Baby Gourmand ate half of my chicken, I probably should have asked for a child’s portion for him, but as he’s a grazer it wasn’t that long since his last meal so the chances of him eating a plate of dinner was pretty slim.


We were served a selection of vegetables to share with our meals which consisted of baby Brussels sprouts, mashed carrot and swede and cauliflower cheese, which is one of our favourite dishes.  The vegetables were cooked to perfection and there was more than enough for the two of us to share.

Would we go back? Most definitely, in fact I have every intention of visiting this Sunday to try the rib of beef.

If you would like to try The Oxford Café for yourself they can be found at 21 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa and Sunday lunch is served between 12-3pm.




The Northumbrian Piper

I’d never actually heard of The Northumbrian Piper until a chance meeting with them at the Living North spring fair, they claimed to have a tasty sunday lunch with the best homemade gravy, as soon as I got home I told Mr Gourmand about this claim and we decided to pay a visit to try it out for ourselves.

 Both Mr Gourmand and myself decided to try the Retro Prawn Cocktail (£4.50)

The Prawn Cocktail was served in a retro glass dish with mixed lettuce and a twist of lemon, I have to admit I like to have brown buttered bread with a prawn cocktail and there was a hint of a pet lip on my face when it didn’t appear!  An extra pot of cocktail sauce was provided which was a welcome addition.

Mr gourmand went for the Roast Lamb and I picked the Roast Beef, both dishes were served with a huge homemade yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, mashed potato and roast potatoes.  The vegetables all tasted fresh and were cooked perfectly, the mash was fluffy and soft and the roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.

The huge jug of gravy was delicious, it tasted just like my grandfather used to make, you could taste the meat juices which is quite rare for gravy unless you cook it at home.

There was no room for dessert I’m afraid but we did manage a couple of glasses of guest ale.

We were very impressed with the Northumbrian Piper Sunday lunch and we will definitely be back to try the week day menu.

The Northumbrian Piper can be found at: 

Fawdon House, 1 Fawdon Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 2AH

Sunday Lunch at No28

After some very good food served at No.28 (you can read about it here) we decided to make an effort to visit for Sunday lunch

No28 is situated on 27-29 Nelson Street right in the centre of Newcastle city centre.  It’s a little hidden gem with quirky furniture and fantastic food.

A Sunday lunch at No28 costs £7.95 which is great value for money for a home cooked no frozen veg meal.

Mr Gourmand had the Roast Pork which came with apple sauce and crackling, it’s a meat he doesn’t get to eat at home so whenever possible he will usually choose it as a Sunday Lunch meat.

I picked the Roast Beef which was delicious and melted in the mouth.  We both had carrots, savoy cabbage, broccoli, green beans, Roast potatoes, Mashed Potato, Mashed turnip, Roast Parsnips and a huge Yorkshire pudding.

I couldn’t finish my meal so Mr Gourmand helped himself to my Parsnips and Roast potatoes.  My only criticism with my food was that it was a little salty, Mr Gourmand hadn’t noticed this with his meal but after tasting mine he did agree that either the gravy or mashed potato tasted like salt had been added to it.