It’s about this time of year that I really start thinking about Yorkshire puddings quite often. When there is a cool breeze in the air my cravings for a roast dinner suddenly turn up a notch. Once such weekend we decided to go to the newly refurbished ‘Alex’ on Gwydir Street for a proper Sunday Roast.
The once run of the mill local boozer was taken over by new owners and revamped earlier this year with a modern, ok hipster, look with lots of bare wood, industrial furniture and a brand new menu featuring burgers, sides and salads, and what they call ‘epic’ Sunday Roasts.
I’ve been following them on Twitter since they opened and upon after remembering seeing a really interesting caramelised parsnip nut roast a couple of weeks ago we decided that it would be the best spot to find a good vegetarian roast.
There is a choice of three courses, 2 for £12.50 and (I think)3 for £15.50.
I started with two homemade Yorkshire puddings (yes this is a starter!) with onion gravy – they were perfect, really crispy on the outside, fluffy inside and the rich onion gravy was mopped up easily. It felt very indulgent to have them as a starter. Mr had courgette and stilton soup which was delicious, the courgette a great alternative to the usual broccoli and the soup was generous with the stilton without being overpowering.
For main it was the nut roast with slice caramelised parsnips on top, with all the trimmings. Nut roasts get a bad rep, and usually because they are something that is nuked from the freezer by most pubs, not the case here. It was obviously homemade and stuffed full of nuts, green lentils and generously seasoned with garlic and herbs. The other thing we really liked is that the veggies get a proper Sunday Roast here, no tomato sauce with pasta in sight. It cam with skin on (but crispy) roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, savoy cabbage and greens , cauliflower cheese and an excellent gravy.
We decided to skip desserts as they were a little uninspired, strawberries and cream or ice cream. Because I am a greedy sweet tooth I really do like to round off my Sunday lunch with a proper pudding – something like a crumble or sticky toffee pudding would be lovely please.
All in all was a great, filling Sunday lunch in a really nice location with friendly staff but they could do better on the pudding front. We’ll definitely go back again for food an also to enjoy a drink in the lovely looking garden.
The Alex, Gwydir Street
Find the menu here, I dug it out on Twitter for you!