Making our way through some of the loveliest countryside our part of the world has to offer on possibly the most perfect day so far this year we headed off for a Sunday Lunch date at The Battleaxes in Wraxall, just 12 minutes outside Bristol you can’t escape the feeling you have travelled miles, not just a short drive, to escape the city.
Formally an alcohol-free meeting place for Tyntesfield estate workers, this gorgeous pub is now very much delivering alcoholic treats a plenty with their very own Flatcappers ale, other local brews and a carefully chosen and well thought out wine list.
To be completely honest Sunday lunch isn’t usually my favourite time to dine out, cooking a roast for me is a lovely way to spend some of my Sunday, but having heard such good things and also the impossible to resist lure of Yorkshire puddings we arrived hungry and ready to embrace a possible new tradition. Arriving at 12 on the dot we entered the empty dining room to a friendly welcome and were quickly seated. Due to the weather and pesky car two perfectly chilled thirst quenching Estrella shandys and a jug of tap water were ordered to accompany our meal.
The Sunday lunch menu offers 2 courses for £15.95 and 3 for £21.00, including in this is the majority of starters and desserts and all roasts with fish and vegetarian options. I clocked the impressive looking nut roast whizz past at one point which even for a super carnivore looked fantastic, there are also a variety dishes available including fish and chips, burgers and beef brisket chilli if you are not in the mood for a traditional roast lunch.
Skipping starters, a difficult decision when crispy squid is involved, we had to opt for the main event and ordered a different option each, one pork with crackling and one chicken breast, both served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, gravy and seasonal vegetables. Arriving promptly and piping hot one thing is immediately obvious, Aunt Bessie has been no where near this kitchen! Accompanying the best Yorkshire pudding I have ever eaten were two generous slices of perfectly cooked moist and tender pork, a hunk of shattering crispy cracking and some crispy / fluffy roast potatoes. The shared vegetables of cauliflower with melted cheese, cabbage, cinnamon spiked red cabbage and carrots were also perfectly cooked and a delicious accompaniment.
The chicken was great with delicious crispy skin unfortunately not in the epic portions of the pork crackling. Realising I had been unusually wise to skip the crispy squid I was still beaten by the roast potatoes and I pushed aside my plate defeated. Upon clearing, our lovely waitress mistook my waving the white flag of fullness as asking for the dessert menu, easy mistake to make so in the interests of investigation and battling through the full barrier we couldn’t resist ordering to share the warm cherry and frangipane tart with vanilla ice cream, which to be honest I had had my eye on since first looking at the menu.
I cannot say enough good things about this dessert, buttery pastry, fruit packed, light as a feather frangipane and smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream, so fabulous that I can’t get the idea out of my head of a dessert drive by the next time we are out with the dogs. As we go to leave, having barely looked up from our feast, we notice that from being alone the dining room has become incredibly busy, even on this gorgeous day the room is packed with tables of friends, parties, a few well behaved pooches and couples and enough staff on hand keeping an eye on proceedings to keep service flowing.
I think we have both fallen a little bit in love with the venue, staff and food and my Sunday lunch dining reservations have been well and truly reversed, amazing value, top quality ingredients and fantastic cooking in a warm and welcoming environment. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a visit as any Sunday lunch experts will absolutely not be disappointed! We cannot wait to go back in the evening for another one of those tarts and some further menu adventures.
Not just a Country pub with cosy dining room and comfy lounge area the Battleaxes offers 6 luxury rooms B & B rooms, including a parking and airport transfer package and two unique functions rooms fit for any occasion be it business or pleasure.
Visit http://www.flatcappers.co.uk/the-battleaxes/ for lots of information on dining including sample menu’s and daily specials, staying and meeting.