Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Back in Blighty - Ye Olde Steppes!

It's been a while since my last post.  Over a year in fact.  After such a long hiatus, I thought I ought to begin again whilst back in Blighty.

In true English fashion, I went to a tearoom, a very quaint one in the beautiful village of Pembridge, Hertfordshire.  It even came with a rosy-cheeked mother hen hostess who greeted us in the manner of old friends.

Décor is very olde English such matching floral curtains and table cloths, a doily on each table, wooden dressers, fireplaces, Union Jack flags, a vintage till and so on. 

This place also serves as a village shop selling fresh vegetables, sweets, jams, cards, homemade cakes etc.

After having a little look around, my three companions and I sat around a table in the main room and surveyed the beautifully thought out menu.  From what I could tell, so many of their ingredients are locally sourced such as the Hereford Hop (cheese), eggs, ham, pickle, jam, the list goes on.

Their food menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, baked potatoes, cream teas, homemade cakes.  All of it, deliciously tempting!

I haven't had a pork pie nor a ploughman's for a good five years, so I opted for their special, pork and ham pie ploughman's lunch.  One of my companions went for the red onion and goats cheese tart and the other two ordered the normal pork pie ploughman's. 

Check out my ham and chicken pork pie ploughman's lunch with crunchy salad and all the lovely trimmings: Branston pickle, coleslaw, cheese, salad, apple, crisps, bread, butter (admittedly far too generous).  Washed down with a refreshing bottle of organic cider.  It was blissfully scrumptious!

The onion and goat's cheese tart, served with coleslaw, salad and Tyrell's crisps (from Hertfordshire).  This also went down a treat. 

The food was a hit with all of us. And for me, it brought back memories of lunches which consisted of just some good old English bread, cheddar and pickles, a packet of crisps and fun times with friends.  Simple, but tasty, and really quite nostalgic. 

Pembridge Village Shop & Tearoom
High Street
Herts HR6 9DS