Due to being shattered after starting back at school, and not really having the energy to cook, Ian and I headed off to the Cross Keys pub on the outskirts of Bath for dinner.
We had snapped up a Groupon deal for this pub, which made our 3 courses very reasonable. The décor of the pub is nothing special but we received a warm welcome from our waitress as we came in from the rain.
I started with three chunks of herb-crusted brie, which was served with a warm cranberry sauce and a small salad (no rocket either which was a bonus!) and was very tasty.
Ian had the pork belly which was served with a berry jus, onion marmalade and some salad leaves. Whilst the flavours in this dish were very good, the piece of pork was minuscule and the pork itself was rather tough with no crackling, which I think is the main reason for ordering pork belly!
I then had a trio of lamb noisettes in a lovely sauce, served with new potatoes and fresh vegetables. Despite the lamb being very fatty, this was really flavoursome and the lamb was served pink which is just how I like it.
Ian opted for lime and chilli tuna which was served on a bed of crushed garlic new potatoes and the same vegetables. The piece of tuna was large but despite them telling us it would be served pink, it was ever so slightly overcooked – not enough to send it back as it was still very moist, but I would say it was cooked for a minute too long.
My pudding will not win any awards for presentation but was my favourite course of the evening. I love trying new flavour combinations and when I saw pear and rosemary crumble on the day’s menu, I couldn’t resist. Served with lashings of cream this was my idea of comfort food – sweet, juicy pears, crunchy, crumbly topping, and the fragrant aftertaste of rosemary…delicious.
Ian had a rather pedestrian chocolate torte for his dessert, served with cream. There was nothing wrong with it but it tasted as though it was bought rather than homemade like my pudding.
Overall, we enjoyed our dinner here but it wasn’t anything special and for me to want to go back somewhere again and again it has to either have a wonderful atmosphere or very nice food and Cross Keys fell a bit short on both counts.