We decided to give the Coronation Arms in St Mary Bourne again, because the first time we went back in the Summer of 2013, they had only just opened.
We walked in and, for a Thursday, it was quite busy with a good food service and there were also a few drinkers at the bar. We were greeted by the very friendly bar maid, Jamie-Lee, who took our drinks orders and gave us a menu each. We took a lovely bright seat by the window and perused the menu. The barmaid returned to take our orders, as I am still ‘doing’ Weight Watchers, I opted for a Rib Eye Steak served with boiled potatoes and vegetables, my friend chose a starter of Camembert, and, for main, the Steak, Ale and Mushroom Pie and a chocolate fondant for dessert.
There was only a small wait for the starter, despite there being others who had arrived at the same time. The Camembert was creamy and hot and served with a fresh, warm baguette and a fresh small leafy salad (£4.95). The plate was beautifully decorated which set the food off perfectly.
The mains arrived and, unfortunately, my steak was not quite cooked as much as I would like, so I sent it back for a bit more. It came back quickly, perfectly cooked and with freshly cooked potatoes and vegetables. The Rib Eye Steak was served with New Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots and a real treat, Asparagus (£14.95). The steak was so soft there was no need of a steak knife, the whole plate was nice and hot and absolutely delicious.
The homemade Steak, Mushroom and Ale Pie came with a puff pastry lid and was filled to the brim with meat and mushrooms. It was served with beautiful homemade chips and a good portion of perfect garden peas. The steak melted in the mouth and was complimented perfectly by the fluffy chips. (£9.95)
My Friend still had room for the Chocolate Fondant and it was served with the cream on the side (at his request), as the spoon went into the sponge, the gooey chocolate cascaded out from within, I was so jealous and sat drooling and wishing I had the metabolism I had when I was 18. The Fondant was homemade by Chef Tom.
The biggest attraction of The Coronation Arms in St Mary Bourne is that most, if not all, of the food served is homemade, the pies, the chips, the desserts, all made with experience and knowledge by trained Chef Tom Peart, who is also the owner of the busy pub and restaurant. I have heard whispers of a legendary Sunday Roast Lunch, where everything is cooked freshly – but if you want to have a try you must book, as this restaurant gets so busy as word spreads of the diamond nestled in the Valley.
I have given The Coronation Arms in St Mary Bourne a Gold Ribbon for the fantastic food and service!
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