Ser­vice - a core value at Ap­ple Cart

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

Don’t shout it too loudly but I am quite a fan of eat­ing out at Marston’s food serv­ing pubs. Ad­mit­tedly they aren’t go­ing to in­ter­est the in­spec­tors from Miche­lin and the like. And while I do favour restau­rants that lean in that di­rec­tion, there is some­thing rather sat­is­fy­ing about eat­ing in pubs such as The Ap­ple Cart - which I vis­ited on Satur­day - on the grow­ing Cardea de­vel­op­ment.

I have been sev­eral times to the sis­ter pub in Bourne (The Sugar Mill) and al­ways en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, but land­ing the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph Pub of the Year award was rea­son enough in it­self for pay­ing a visit to The Ap­ple Cart.

That award was earned on the strength of cus­tomer votes and it is easy to see why peo­ple like the place; we re­ceived a warm wel­come, and the ser­vice un­til we left (to a cheery “have a happy new year”) was ex­em­plary and pretty quick con­sid­er­ing how busy the pub was.

The menu is packed with good pub fayre - steaks, burg­ers, fish and chips, pie, lasagna - not to men­tion a spe­cials board packed with tempt­ing of­fer­ings and a de­cent chil- dren’s menu.

I went with the 10 oz rump steak (£14.00), which came with chips (frozen , none of that twice cooked non­sense!), onion rings which were crisp and tasty, peas, which were ... peas, and a half-grilled tomato, which was, well, half-grilled.

The star of the show, of course, was the steak - which was more rare than medium. It might have put some din­ers off, but was just as I like it, es­pe­cially with that straight off the grid­dle taste.

Donna swapped chips for a salad and tucked into an 80z sir­loin (£14.30), which was served medium and very much en­joyed.

The two girls de­voured their burger/ chicken dip­pers, which like the chips, were not too greasy at all. They fol­lowed that up with, in one case, cho­co­late brownie and ice cream, and the other le­mon driz­zle and ice cream. Their si­lence spoke vol­umes.

I rounded things off with a lovely sticky tof­fee pud­ding (£4.20) - a nice, moist pud­ding and an ever so sweet gooey cov­er­ing which could have done with an ex­tra scoop of ice cream to help it go down.

The two for one of­fer, which meant my steak was free, saw the bill, with drinks, come to just £40 ... an­other rea­son, I guess, for the pop­u­lar­ity.

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