A day of sunshine and showers had turned in to a warm sunny evening when we decided to pay the Gnu Inn at North Newbald a visit. North Newbald has two pubs and the other one, the Tiger, is just across the road from the Gnu. In these times the ability to sustain two pubs in one village is impressive.
As we arrived a few customers were sitting outside on the forecourt overlooking the village green enjoying the sunshine. The pub has a large car park to the rear. The inside of the pub has a traditional feel and we took a table in the lounge bar. Tables were quite snugly fitted in and several were taken with diners and a few drinkers stood at the bar.
As usual, we checked out the dessert menu before deciding whether to order starters and puddings won the day. There was an excellent choice of main courses and several specials. I had the sea bass, simply cooked in basil oil and served with very chunky chips and salad. My companion had the steak and ale pie, again with chips and salad, though seasonal vegetables were also available. The portion sizes were good and the food was tasty. The sea bass was one of the most expensive items on the menu but at £11.50 was excellent value.
Our waitress, a young girl, was kept busy, though service was faultless. We chose summer fruit pudding and a chocolate creme brulee pyramid for dessert. These were thoroughly enjoyed. Also on offer was a home made treacle sponge, tiramisu, chocolate lumpy bumpy, New York vanilla baked cheesecake, to name a few.
My companion had a couple of pints of Black Sheep at £3.00 a pint, as the designated driver I had fruit juice. As we left I mentioned to the landlord how impressed we were with the young waitress who was very attentive and efficient, and all done with a lovely smile.
We took a meandering route home and saw a barn owl during a lovely sunset. A good night out that we are likely to repeat!