Review – The Tollemache Arms, Harrington

We were drawn to the 16th Century Tollemache Arms at Harrington because of a Times newspaper ‘Two Courses for £5’ offer – a deal too good to miss for anyone who likes to try out new places and good food.

As we were en-route to Cambridgeshire, we decided to call in to the Tollemache Arms one Friday lunch time in late winter, so duly booked ahead to let them know we wanted to take advantage of the Times offer.  The pub is in a lovely little quintessentially English village, so it’s worth heading out on a nice day just to enjoy the surrounding scenery.

Inside, it was cosy and old fashioned in the nicest possible ways, with an open fire, dark wood furniture and interesting items and photographs dotted about the place. It’s fair to say it wasn’t exactly packed, with just a couple of other small groups in at the same time as us, but then, it’s not on a major road getting lots of passing traffic. However, we felt sure it would be a different story on weekend evenings.

We were very pleasantly surprised by the set menu we were shown, it had a good range of tempting dishes on offer, unlike some other mediocre special offer menus we’ve been presented with at different places over the years.

Opting for a starter and main course each, we tucked into stuffed mushrooms and crispy salad and a bowl of piping hot and very tasty pumpkin soup to start.  It was Friday and we fancied a bit of a pub treat, so to follow, we both jumped at the chance of beer battered fish and chunky chips.  They were fresh and delicious, with proper chips, hand cut from real potatoes  –  the only sort worth eating in our opinion.

Even with a couple of drinks, we spent less than £20 for two, so it was a real bargain.  Having taken advantage of this deal, we’d certainly go back again and pay full price  for a meal here.  The food was top quality and made it well worth a visit.

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