I can only apologise for the radio silence as things have been pretty hectic over here, it’s been almost impossible to fit writing a blog in over the past week. And after a week off work getting back into my usual routine was a shock – those 40 hours at work complete with 3 weight sessions, 2 cardio sessions, and 2 yoga classes almost destroyed me, not to mention I’ve had two birthday celebrations and many work pub antics. I’m currently tucked up in bed with a sore throat drinking lemsip, I’m exhausted (and seriously regretting not wrapping up on fireworks night).
A proper Sunday lunch, with all the trimmings, is a real treat and is the one thing that has kept me going through the past week. Our local pub was the perfect place to celebrate my mum’s birthday with my intimidate family and our other halves – and since I heard that they hired a new head chef, I’ve been dying to try it out.
The Winchmore is gastro pub in North London and just a short walk away from my family home. Their cosy and intimate interior really creates a welcoming environment for those lazy Sundays. I’d highly recommend booking otherwise you’ll be waiting a while for a table. But if you do find yourself without a table, prop yourself up at the bar and browse their incredible gin selection as they have over 70 different types of gin!
When we were seated the owners kindly brought us over a bottle of prosecco to celebrate my mum’s birthday and to sip on as we flicked through the menu. I love scallops, so as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them. They were served on a pea puree and topped with crisp bits of bacon, a classic combination. They were soft, light, and melted in my mouth – my only wish was that there was more of them.
Scott opted for the calamari which he raved about. There are two things he loves, good food and big portions, so the dish ticked both of those boxes – plenty of squid for your quid. Both of these starters have delicate flavours and demands precision, one minute they’re tender and delicious, and the next… they can end up as tough as a bicycle tyre. But they were cooked to perfection, hats off.
There are five options when it comes to the roast dinner: beef, lamb, pork belly, chicken and a vegetation wellington. You can also get sharing platters of the lamb and chicken and it’s advised that you should share this between 4-6 people. Half of the party opted for sharing dish of the roast shoulder of lamb – and the leftovers are currently heating up in the oven as I type.
I went for the pork belly which was delicious and so tender and I barely had to cut into it, it simply fell apart. It was served with crackling and what can beat that satisfying oily crunch? It came with a gigantic, homemade Yorkshire puddings and ultra-cirspy roast potatoes.
Now a decent roast dinner is one where the vegetables aren’t an after thought. They served cabbage and green beans which were cooked in garlic, and honey roasted carrots with mustard, yum. My only complain what that there wasn’t enough gravy, but they brought us over a second (and third) jug of it. My family are gravy fiends, we can’t get enough of it. Every roast dinner needs lashings of gravy as it brings together everything on the plate with its soothing and savoury embrace.
After saying I was so full I couldn’t eat another bite, I took a look at the dessert menu and was sold on the chocolate brownie with salted caramel popcorn and ice -cream. The brownie was dense and fudgey, and the perfect way to end the meal.
The Winchmore, 235 Winchmore Hill Road, Winchmore Hill, London N21 1QA