As we approached the city centre, the streets were deserted! It was blowing a gale and as we battled against the wind we wondered if we’d made a mistake going out for a meal on the first day after the new Year Bank Holiday in such horrendous weather. We were surely in for a quiet night.
We pushed open the door to The Promised Land and we were surprised to see that it was actually quite busy. I think the few brave folk who had actually ventured outside were in fact all in The Promised Land! There were four tables occupied with diners and a large group of drinkers by the door. The atmosphere was very relaxed and welcoming.
We were shown to a table and offered drinks while we looked through the menu. We were impressed with the service throughout. Staff were friendly and attentive and able to answer questions we had about the menu.
We really liked the decor too. The theme was rustic with wooden tables and chalk boards but it had a bit of a twist with framed pictures of musicians and bands past and present. In fact, we shared our dining experience with John Lennon who was peering down at me from the wall on my right. Spotlighting created a nice atmosphere and the music was just the right volume. The tunes matched the pictures and during our visit we were taken on an Indie tour of the 1990’s!
Feeling rather bloated after the Christmas break, we decided to share a starter of West Coast Whitebait. For £4.95 we got a good portion, nicely presented with a side salad and a little pot of Tar Tar Sauce. The fish was nicely cooked, lightly fried in breadcrumbs.
For our mains we felt it only right to sample the famous Elephant Burgers so Mr V went for the Spanish Burger topped with Chorizo and Roquito Peppers served with homemade chips and a salad. I went for the pie of the day which was chicken and ham served with homemade chips and peas.
The Elephant Burger was a good size. The beef burger itself was very good, clearly homemade and cooked well so that it was nice and juicy. The generous helping of Chorizo gave a spicy dimension to the burger and the homemade chips were very nicely done, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside although a little on the salty side.
The pie was also very enjoyable. Portions were large and the meal had a nice homely feel to it. It was definitely ‘pub grub’ and it’s good to find a pub that is good for a drink but also serves nice, no fuss, homely food. Portions are a good size too and prices are reasonable. The Promised Land can get very busy on a Friday night with after work drinkers so I think a week day is a very good time to come for a meal. It’s the sort of place you can stop for a drink and stay for food rather than having to move on somewhere else. I will be back!
My last mouthful was: The West Coast Whitebait
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