Wood­man goes fair way to a win­ner

A round of ap­plause for 19th hole at city pub

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Eating Out - By Brad Barnes brad.barnes@jpress.co.uk Fol­low me on twit­ter @PTbrad­barnes

Iwas dis­ap­pointed to miss out on a game of golf last Fri­day - so I sought so­lace in lunch at The Wood­man, over­look­ing the 18th at Thorpe Wood Golf Club.

And to be hon­est the re­sult was far bet­ter than any­thing I could have hoped for with club in hand.

It was my first visit since a re­furb by Greene King last year, and it is fair to say they have made a nice job of it. The Wood­man is a lot smarter and brighter than I re­mem­ber, and the out­side seat­ing area is much im­proved.

The food of­fer­ing had more ap­peal too. Take your pick from sand­wiches and jacket pota­toes, light lunches or the main menu.

There are a dozen or so starters, in­clud­ing scal­lops and crispy ba­con, cala­mari rings and gar­lic mush­rooms, plus an ex­ten­sive range of mains – steaks, burg­ers and pub clas­sics such as fish and chips and a whop­ping mixed grill, plus some tasty look­ing chef se­lec­tions; ribs, pulled pork and seabass and scal­lops risotto leapt out.

My chicken wings came in a Tardis-like lit­tle bucket -I don’t know how they all fit­ted in. They had plenty of flesh on the bone and the sweet and fruity mango, pineap­ple and chilli dip added a wel­come bit of flavour.

Donna’s Stil­ton and pep­per­corn mush­rooms were okay; a nicely toasted muf­fin, topped with sautéed Paris brown mush­rooms, but made very soggy by the pep­per­corn sauce. A tasty sprin­kling of crumbly blue Stil­ton though.

I kept it sim­ple with my choice of a main course; what’s not to like about sausages and mash? Three thick and meaty, and not too herby, bangers duly ar­rive atop a mound of champ mash, which cer­tainly ben­e­fit- ted from a rich and de­li­cious beef drip­ping gravy. I en­joyed the crispy shal­lots scat­tered around too.

Across the ta­ble a beau­ti­fully cooked medium rare sir­loin steak ar­rived and was dis­patched with glee along­side a rea­son­able but unimag­i­na­tive salad (ex­changed for the usual chips/mush­rooms and toma­toes ac­com­pa­ni­ment). Mean­while two pretty large chil­dren’s meals kept the lit­tle ones more than happy to round off a lunchtime ex­pe­ri­ence com­plete with prompt, help­ful and at­ten­tive ser­vice.

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