AFTER introducing its new summer menu, Worcester’s Vintage Inns has seen customers returning again and again.
The Nightingale pub, on Evesham Road, has received amazing feedback on its new summer themed menu introduced last month. We visited the restaurant and found it is easy to see why people are coming back for more.
It offers traditional pub dishes with a twist that make them more than just the usual pub grub.
We started with the lamb koftas and tear and share garlic bread with cheese, both of which exceeded expectations.
The lamb came on a cucumber, tomato, onion and mint salad with garbanzo dip, which added a different taste to the skewers that were already bursting with amazing flavours.
The garlic bread was a surprising site with freshly baked peaks that could be torn off to dip into the cheese in the middle.
For the mains I had a traditional 8oz steak cooked perfectly to my request. It was accompanied by beer battered onion rings that tasted amazing and chips that had just the right balance of seasoning.
My colleague had the 7oz British beef burger with smoked cheddar, sweet-cure bacon, lettuce and tomato along with the chips which he was particularly impressed with.
We finished off our meal with a sticky toffee and apple pudding and a Melba creme brulee. Adding the apple to the toffee pudding gave it a little something extra and made the dish less sickly as it is sometimes overly sweet.
The creme brulee was filled with peaches and raspberries in a vanilla custard and was topped with caramelised sugar. The dish was refreshing and not too sweet or too heavy. It came with two butter cookies that tasted homemade and completed the dessert.
The restaurant itself has a rustic, homely feel that is very welcoming. The wooden beams and the old fashioned fireplace make it clear you are away from the bustle of the city. The atmosphere was warm and relaxing, making the whole experience that much more enjoyable.
The waiting staff were brilliant. We had Jess looking after us who knew when to come and check we were happy and when to leave us to our delicious courses.
Restaurant manager Alan Dearden told us many people chose the venue as they loved the country feel and the menu, with some regulars even having their preferred tables and waitress serving them because of their enjoyable past experiences there.
Having been to The Nightingale and had an equally satisfying time, we could definitely see why.
If you are looking for somewhere to take the family over the summer or to have a romantic meal this pub is by far a top choice.