Sunday Lunch at The Runnymede-On-Thames, Surrey

In the first time for a while, the family was all reunited. This obviously called for a celebration in the form of a big, fat Sunday roast. Oh, but Ming had plans. And so did Bella. Right, okay. As if we’d pass up on an excuse to hit up a Sunday roast, so we piled in the car and drove to The Lock at The Runnymede-On-Thames Hotel.
Mum and Grandma had roast a couple of weeks before and went on and on about it. They’d invited Boy and I, but Boy had suddenly developed an overnight illness where I had to perfect the balance of being a nurse and avoiding him enough to not get sick myself. Selfless is what I am. This roast is now my reward.

Mum, Paps, Grandma and I were the first to arrive.

Oh, and Benji.

The first to arrives means a few things. 1. You get more time to scan the menu (which I always need) to decide what you want.

 2. You can order drinks whilst you kick back and wait. Round of Pimm’s, anyone?

We sipped in the sun until the rest of the gang arrived. I was literally counting down the minutes until I could order some food.

My Grandma is literally a Queen.

And whilst waiting for food, there was of course more drinks. You’ll  be pleased to know that I didn’t participate in this act and stuck to my one glass of Pimm’s. Such a good girl. My prize will be extra shares of the starters.

The amazing Sunday offer is that you get 2 courses for 18.95, and since there was 6 of us, we just ordered 5 starter to share and saved someone’s extra course for dessert. Smart, no?

3 orders of Crispy Fried Whitebait with Salsa Verde Mayo and 2 orders of Severn and Wye Smoked Salmon, Soda Bread and Chive Creme Fraiche please!

It was actually the perfect amount to share. I righteously took a little more than I should’ve.

As did Hamish with his whitebait sandwich.

Stalkercam arrived again. Whilst we were waiting for the mains, dessert was passing through all around us. Yes, I know I’m actually super creepy and I have a problem.

Luckily, this distraction ended soon and it had arrived. Dad went for the Dingley Dell Pork, Crackling, Cider Gravy and Apple Sauce. I prefer when the pork arrives thick cut with crackling on top, but it still looked good!

Mum, Grandma and Tracy went for the classic Aged Surrey Farmed Beef, Yorkshire Pudding and Red Wine Gravy, which is what Mum and Grandma had last time they were here and fell in love with.

I ordered the Half a Roast Chicken with Bread Sauce and Gravy. It was so succulent, and I ate away until I discovered a patch that was a teeny little bit pink. I decided it would be best to leave it, but Dad grabbed it and finished it off. Little bit worried? Let’s pray for him.

Hamish was the only one who didn’t order a roast, but he had a winner. He got the Smoky Beef Short Rib, Lock Slaw and Spiced Potato Wedges.

The above picture wasn’t enough. Look at it in action.

Once we’d demolished every last bite, there were coffees all around.

Tea for me though. Check me out in the reflection.

We had one dessert saved, and I swore to myself that I wouldn’t touch it. That didn’t last too long. Tracy (although not wanting to eat any herself) had her heart set on ordering the Gooey Chocolate Slice with Warm Chocolate Sauce. I was tempted until Hamish declared it was good, but it wasn’t warm. Not worth the calories.

But this was, at least a couple of steaming hot spoonfuls. The waiter said that their best dessert was the Crumble of the Day. Dad insisted that we had to have the best.

I really need to work on my willpower. Damn you, hot, sugary goodness.

1 Comment

  1. July 26, 2014 / 9:06 am

    Hello Bianca! May I ask what's the brand of the camera you're using? The pix looks really awesome!

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