NEW LOOK FOR THE WAR­REN

The War­ren For­est Road Wok­ing­ham RG40 5SB 01344 304446 www.the­war­ren wok­ing­ham.co.uk

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - CLAIRE NASH

THE War­ren in Wok­ing­ham has un­der­gone a stun­ning re­fur­bish­ment and re­opened its doors Satur­day.

I went along for a pre­view last Wed­nes­day evening and to sam­ple the new menu.

The pub has had a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment and cre­ated a mod­ern, stylish and con­tem­po­rary feel, ex­pand­ing its out­door gar­den area and its car park, mak­ing it more ac­ces­si­ble for guests.

Gen­eral Man­ager Ma­jka has been in the in­dus­try for 16 years, and with the War­ren team for two-and-a-half years and said: “The War­ren is a hugely pop­u­lar pub and pro­vides a hub for the lo­cal com­mu­nity so we’re re­ally ex­cited to be part of the team as it be­gins its next chap­ter.”

She is warm, wel­com­ing, very knowl­edge­able about the menu and a plea­sure to speak with.

There is a brand new sea­sonal menu fea­tur­ing mouth-wa­ter­ing, freshly pre­pared dishes in­clud­ing an ex­cit­ing new range of desserts and a ve­gan menu.

There were four of us din­ing, we didn’t all have starters but not be­cause there wasn’t plenty to choose from.

Mark went for the ThymeRoasted Por­to­bello mush­rooms in Crop­well Bishop sauce with rus­tic toast (V) £6.95 this was served on a wooden plat­ter within a small sil­ver fry­ing pan. Jan and I both re­ally fan­cied the Scal­lops of the day.

Our wait­ress, Emily, was re­ally at­ten­tive and made sure that we weren’t left with­out drinks.

Af­ter a short break to let our starters go down the mains ar­rived, David choose the Char­grilled Lamb Kof­tas th­ese were served with goats curd, plum tomato’s, roasted red pep­per, cu­cum­ber and mint salad with a lav­ish bread £14.95, Mark couldn’t re­sist the Fil­let Steak (not some­thing I re­ally serve at home).

This was a 7oz fil­let with an ale-glazed shal­lot tart topped with Crop­well Bishop cus­tard, Stil­ton and wal­nut crumb and twice cooked chunky chips (£23.95).

Jan and I opted for the fish: Jan selected the Pan-fried Sea bass fil­lets with par­men­tier pota­toes, pancetta, olives, spinach and white wine veloute (£17.95) and the Salmon won me over with the chorizo mash (love chorizo but never tried it in mash be­fore) this was served with broc­coli which has to be my favourite veg­etable and a bouil­l­abaisse sauce (£15.50). The serv­ings were am­ple and we didn’t re­ally need to have pud­dings but with a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion on of­fer we in­dulged.

The War­ren of­fers a house sharer which is what I went for.

Tis is great for a fam­ily it of­fers a se­lec­tion of four of the desserts Choco­late brownie, this was a lit­tle too rich for me but if you’re a choco­late lover this will def­i­nitely be a big hit, baked vanilla cheese­cake, mango & meringue mess and bour­bon vanilla ice cream cookie sand­wich (£11.95) great to have a lit­tle taste of each of th­ese and the por­tion of each on the plate was not at all stingy.

All-in-all a re­ally great venue to share a ro­man­tic meal for two, a friends’ night out or big fam­ily gath­er­ing. If you don’t fancy cook­ing for Christ­mas give them a call they can take all the has­sle away with a de­li­cious four­course meal for £79.95.

For more de­tails, visit www. the­war­ren­wok­ing­ham. co.uk

The team from The War­ren are ready to serve up tasty treats from their all-new menu

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