What sort of meal follows up from this kind of celebration?
A big, fat Sunday roast. With mulled wine.
Okay, maybe I should put a little more into the story before I get into the food. Sorry. Got too excited with the mulled wine.
One of the reasons I was back home for the weekend was to see my beautiful mama announce her faith and commitment to the Lord.
And I knew we were booked to go to The Roebuck after.
I remember coming here before and not being overly keen on the food. It was pub food, really. But I’d heard the roast was good. And I like roast.
My Aunt Tracy didn’t go for a roast though, she went for two starters instead. Which gave me more to take picture of, lets be honest.
She went for the Cod & Salmon Fishcake with Wilted Spinach, Rocket & Herbed Dressing.
And the Chicken Liver Parfait with Cornichons, Red Onion Marmalade & Toast.
Then, the roast. I’d guilt-tripped Boy into going halves because he thought it was silly that we ordered the same thing. If you say so.
He ordered what I really wanted, which was the Roast Pork Loin with Apple Sauce.
The popular choice for the table though was the Roast Rib of Beef with Horseradish Sauce.
All roasts were served with roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, curly kale and great big Yorkshire puddings.
The problem with roasts is Boy makes the best ones, so I’m very picky now. It was good, but I’d still pick his over it any day. Or The Chequers. The staff are way nicer here though.
To finish off the meal, we all got coffees to get us through the rest of our Sunday.
I had a train journey back to Bath and coursework to look forward to. I needed to be caffined-up.
Not my mama though. She was celebrating.
Sadly it was just a Virgin Mary. I don’t think she was prepared to get afternoon tipsy. Those lunches are reserved for me and her only.
Although I was full, dessert was tempting. And when you’re a uni student, restaurant dessert is something you’ve probably not had for far too long, and I was ready to take full advantage of it.
I persuaded Mum to get the Coffee Mousse with Whipped Cream. I love coffee mousse. My favourite is a chocolate espresso mousse which I have at this pasta bar in Sydney, and it just reminded me of it.
Boy and I are so different sometimes. He ordered the Sorbet Selection, which is something I would’ve never got unless it was a hot summer day.
It was good though – a mix of raspberry, blood orange and lemon sorbet.
Bella, obviously, ordered the Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice-Cream, which was warm (the biggest brownie dessert bonus you can have).
She made sure she Snapchatted a picture to Hamish before she demolished it. It’s his favourite. Yeah, that’s what happens when you miss out on family meals. Named and shamed on the blog, my friend.
Personally, there’s one dessert that’s so difficult to resist, so I didn’t.
It was the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce and Honeycomb Ice-Cream.
It’s so hard to go wrong with this option (it only happened once in Bath, which you’d know if you’ve read past blog posts, but let’s not dwell on that).
I ordered an extra scoop of vanilla ice-cream because I didn’t want to be stingy on the ice-cream to pudding ratio. Some call me a genius.