When: October 2017
Where: Bird in Hand, Egley Road, Mayford, Woking, GU22 0NL
The Bill: £46.00 with 20% off the food bill
Memory: Generous, tasty gastropub with individuality and charm.
Rarely do Mr Diner and I get an opportunity for a day date. But we decided to take a day off work together to get some stuff done around the house without the ‘help’ of Little Diner.
As a reward for a morning of hard graft, we decided to treat ourselves to a pub lunch. We’d heard great things about Bird in Hand so made our way to Woking. The great thing about day dates is neither of us mind driving. But with the school pick-up to do later that afternoon, I opted for the soft drinks option.
I had already taken a sneaky look at the menu via the Bird in Hand website and had decided on what I was going to order before we’d even arrived.
The Lunch Menu not too dissimilar to the Evening Menu offers lots of choice and tempting dishes. The team has added their our take on gastropub classics with dishes such as Lightly Battered Cornish Hake, with crushed green pea & mint, rosemary salted chips and pomegranate molasses.
Naively we hadn’t booked a table forgetting that the Friday lunchtime service would be busy. Upon walking into the pub there we plenty of people enjoying the Friday feeling with a drink and light lunch in the bar area. With cosy nooks next to the open fireplace, high tables & stools and leather sofas the bar has a modern feel with rustic styling. We waited a few minutes for our table to be prepared so ordered our drinks at the bar. Mr Diner delighted by the range of lagers and local ales.
Drinks in hand, we made our way to the dining room. Continuing the rustic charm of the bar area the dining room is decorated with upcycled cargo crates, mason jar lighting and perfectly positioned planting, which all manage to catch the natural light via the skylights above.
We sat down and were talked through the Specials Menu. So after having a good idea of what I wanted to order before we arrived, I was thrown by the delicious sounding specials.
Mr Diner decided to go with the main menu, starting with Crispy Fried Whitebait, served with samphire, aioli, tomato concasee, radish and lemon. For me, I couldn’t resist the comforting Curried Cauliflower Soup with pea shoots and yoghurt from the specials menu.
When the starters arrived we were pleasantly surprised by the generous portions and slightly worried if we’d have room for the main course. Mr Diner’s Whitebait was perfectly crisp and the samphire added natural saltiness. The Soup with a warming heat from the Indian spices and texture from the pea shoots was delicious. But for me, much too big, I feared if I polished it all off I’d have no room for the next course.
When the main course arrived, I was very glad not to have finished the soup. The Pork Tenderlion, with calcannon, kale, roasted carrot & parsnip with a cider jus was every bit as delicious as it sounded and again a very generous portion. Mr Diner is something of a burger connoisseur and was not disappointed by the Bird in Hand Burger. A burger so large we didn’t think he’d get his mouth around it! And with a huge rosemary plant at home, we’ll be recreating the chips with rosemary salt.
With full tummy’s it was time to ask for the bill allowing ourselves plenty of time to collect Little Diner from school.
We saved 20% off our bill thanks to The Good Time Guide offer card but even without it, we felt it was great value for money. With something for everyone including a lovely Kids Menu, we’ll be back again. The pub is relaxed, friendly and clearly the kitchen team don’t just love to cook great food but eat it as well. It’s no wonder it was recommended to us.
Although next time we’ll book a table – opps! Don’t make the same mistake as us, you can book a table at Bird in Hand on their website http://www.birdinhandmayford.co.uk or call 01483 747374.