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Pub grub at its best…

Following its recent refurbishment, Wine & Dine editor, Lisa, visited Snaith’s Brewers Arms to sample its revamped food and drinks menu. Check out what she had to say about this well’ established pub…

‘After a long day in the office, any pub that greets me as I walk through the door with a signature grapefruit gin and a smile is already on to a winner in my eyes.’

We recently featured the Brewers Arms in Snaith after its extensive internal and external refurbishment so we simply had to return to sample the new food and drinks menu – it would be rude not to, right?

Managed and run by husband and wife team, Chris and Chrissie Smith, the Brewers Arms in Snaith has long been established as Snaith’s ‘flagship pub’ and is supplied by Snaith’s very own brewery, Old Mill, just a stone’s throw away. Since the refurbishment, the dining area is now light, airy and modern whilst retaining the soul of the pub in its brick features, including the fireplaces and the well. It was a nice, relaxed atmosphere in which to eat our meal and the place manages to be cool, characterful and charming all at the same time.

From the off, the staff were attentive and efficient. Simple service with a smile goes a long way in my book and the waitresses were friendly and regularly checked in to make sure we were happy with everything.

To start we went for mussels in garlic and white wine sauce (£7.95), which was a large portion, perfectly flavoured and with two large chunks of toasted bread for mopping up the sauce, an essential with this dish. We also tried the garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta (£3.95), which was lovely and creamy and not too overpowering in either size or garlickyness!

For the main courses we went for two classic pub grub options to see how they fared, fillet steak (£23.95) and a burger (£9.95). We’ve been known to say before that ‘you can’t go wrong with a burger’, but some of our previous experiences in other pubs and restaurants tell us that you absolutely can! Both these mains were cooked to perfection; the fillet steak, served medium/rare, exactly as I requested, came with mushrooms, vine tomatoes, onions rings, salad, crispy sweet potato fries and a creamy, homemade stilton sauce that was simply divine. And, having eaten burgers in many restaurants across the country, this one truly proved to be one of the best; a hand-pressed prime beef patty in a toasted bun and, of course, it wouldn’t be a proper burger without the added extras – bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, as well as coleslaw and skinny fries. If you’re one of those people that orders a burger wherever you go, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

Being a slave to a dessert, it was difficult to pick from the menu, but we eventually settled on an apple and blackberry crumble (£4.50) and a chocolate fudge cake (also £4.50). Isn’t it funny how, even when you feel as though you couldn’t eat another morsel, you can always find room for a dessert? Nice, thick slices of fruit made the crumble extremely filling and the chocolate fudge cake was gooey, rich and moreish.

Overall, we were highly impressed and we will most definitely be back. We’re certain that once people have eaten here, they will return, so keep that grapefruit gin flowing, Chris and Chrissie!
For all you pizza lovers out there who struggle to get a decent pizza this side of Leeds, the pub will also be serving delicious homemade ones from January 2nd to the end of March Monday to Saturday – perfect for an easy, midweek tea with the family.

The pizzas are light and delicious and with a very reasonable price point of £12 for two 12 inch pizzas with a bowl of fries or salad, it’s a great, cost-effective few hours out.

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