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Lindy Does Lady Does Lunch at The Chestnut Tree in Andover – March 2014

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The Chestnut Tree is sited at the top end of Weyhill road, on the left, heading out of Andover. There is a large car park to the front, with various boards advertising some of the meal deals, i.e. 2 courses for OAP £5, burger chips and a pint £5.99.

Inside is airy, spacious and extremely clean. To the right hand side is a large traditional dining area and the ladies, and to the right is “The Boys” area consisting of high seating stools and tables, dartboard, massive telly, fruit machines and gents toilets! The boys area leads outside to the immaculate smoking area, and onto their large beer garden behind the pub.

In between the two indoor areas, in front of the bar, are a cross between the two, so we sat here, feeling very important up on high seating, and able to watch who came in and out. The food pricing is a bargain, starters from £2.69, baguettes and wraps from £2.89, pub classics from £4.49, kids meals £2.50. I found some of the “deals” a bit confusing i.e. this for £5, then add this at £2, that for an extra 50p, not in conjunction with this etc. Glad I bought my glasses with me for the small print.

I opted for the burger, chips and a pint deal at £5.99 (You can replace the pint with a glass of wine, or a soft drink). Bearing in mind some pubs charge £3.20 a pint, that made my food £2.79. My guest ordered cod and chips with mushy peas at £5.69 and bought his own drink!

The food arrived quickly, very hot and on hot plates. The fish was completely boneless and well cooked, and my burger was cooked through, and arrived with a token bit of rocket and a slice of tomato under it, plus the barbecue sauce (in the deal)!

As it was a Monday, I was surprised by the amount of diners. I counted at least 30. The Chestnut is part of the Greene King pub chain, so expect pub chain food, but this is better than your average chain food. The service was fast, efficient and friendly. What I really like about this pub was the broad age range of clients, from the very young, to the very old, and every age in between, which indicates it appeals to everyone, with a lovely ambiance to go with it.

Gold star me thinks?