I am a member of one of those Facebook pages that is aimed at mums in my local area. It’s a fantastic platform for us all to gossip about where to take your kids for a day out or where is nice for bite to eat. One of the most commonly recommended pubs is The Brickmakers in Windlesham. From what the ladies of the Facebook page were saying, I should be expecting friendly owners, elegant but comfortable surroundings and most importantly amazing food.
It was a nice sunny Saturday and decided it was the perfect time to try out their lunch menu. The very first thing I noticed was the fancy cars in the car park. Porches, TVRs, brand new Range Rovers. I started to suspect it might be slightly more pretentious than I had first thought. The garden is very nicely laid out, good quality furniture well spaced out so as not to feel like I’m sitting on another customers lap. Considering all the cars there was hardly anyone else there, albeit with their laptops on the table and designer sunglasses perched on their noses.
The lunch menu is a scaled down version of the evening menu but it still has some tasty little treats on there. My husband went for the pork belly with potato and herb bake. I realised that I all too often opt for this type of dish and that even I am becoming bored of talking about it. I’m told it was full of flavour and well cooked, I was too busy stuffing my face with a burger to try it.
I went for the butterflied chilli and thyme chicken burger with black pepper mayonnaise. I have a question for all the burger selling joints out there. What is with skinny fries? Am I the only person that can’t stand them? If I’m having a juicy, delicious burger then I want big fat chunky chips, preferably twice, if not thrice, cooked with skins left on. Instead I regularly find myself with floppy, overly salted fries reminiscent of something you might find in some well known fast food chains. Sorry, I digress. The chicken was beautiful. There was not a hint of dryness and the spice and herb combination was great. Probably one of the better burgers you’re likely to find in a 10 mile radius. I hope to very soon compare it to one of the new fashionable burger joints in London that seem to be popping up every 5 minutes so watch this space.
They were very accommodating for the youngun which is always a bonus in my eyes. Pretty typical selection but without the cheap and nasty ingredients. They were also quick to offer free squash which was a nice little touch they didn’t have to do.
My M-in-L had the most magnificent ploughman’s I think I have ever seen. Slices of ham as thick as your thumb and practically half a block of cheddar next to it with all the usual suspects. It looked amazing but it’s not for those with cholesterol issues I’m sure.
When you have one of the best burgers you’ve had and discover it’s cost you less than a tenner in a place where you could expect to be charged at least a fiver more, well you know you are onto a winner.
Personally, I will be going back. I will be going back baby free, and on a dark winters evening so that we can cozy up inside and sample the more expansive menu. I’m thinking a warming glass (read bottle) of merlot, black pudding and haggis cake to start, Gressingham duck for my main and something rich and chocolatey to end. Who’s going to babysit?