8th, Jul 2011
Mustard & Punch
Really nice restaurant but a bit pricey when it's really just pub food.
18th, Mar 2010
Mustard & Punch
£19.95 2 courses & £22.95 3 courses
When you know people who claim they only eat English food, and who recoil in anguish at the very thought of a ‘chinese’ or a ‘curry’ and for whom Peppercorn sauce on a steak is simply pandering to the French, then its exciting to see their reaction when presented with quality English cuisine of the very highest standards.
Mustard & Punch offers English food at its very best, with a set price menu that offers venison, steak, halibut and rabbit, all organic and all accompanied by beautiful side dishes of imaginatively cooked vegetables and sauces.
The Chef takes on customers’ expectations and challenges them with offerings such as pigs trotters and pigs cheeks, but hey, when your friends demand English food what can they do but eat it!!
We’d promised a couple who have never eaten any foreign food to either eat an Indian of their own choice or eat an English meal of our choice. If they didn’t eat it, they’d pay the bill, and if they did... well, they’d be in for a treat.
So we selected braised pork cheeks as a starter, with mustard mash and apple sauce for her and for him a hearty Black Pudding with home made baked beans; what could be more English than that. The competition was on. At the very sight of the menu, you could almost hear them screaming for a chicken korma instead!!
For mains, we selected Crubeen for him (in case he felt left out of the pig’s cheeks option), and enjoyed watching him squirm as the waiter explained that this dish was pig’s trotters simmered in a vegetable broth for up to 6 hours. For her it was Thumper!! Rabbit loin with braised lettuce and shallots.
To their credit they finished the lot and even enjoyed the wine, which was itself an English sparkling wine from Suss**; Nyetimber.
Everyone agreed that the food was delicious and the venue, (a former country pub), captured an atmosphere that gave a true British experience. For many, English food gets a bad press because of dodgy carveries within dubious chain restaurants, but thankfully Mustard & Punch restores the pride and does so with an adventurous style that makes you feel proud to be English!!