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The Drum And Monkey Kenn Review 28th November 2017

The Drum And Monkey Kenn Review 
The Drum and Monkey has reopened under new management anticipating a fresh start for the New Year. It intends to focus on providing wholesome hearty food in tandem with a good selection of beers and beverages attracting both the eaters and drinkers locally and from further afield. The pub is traditional in its furnishings with wooden tables, beamed ceilings and full of nooks and crannies for comfortable gossiping along with your pint.

We started our evening with a couple of pints of Doom Bar, always a favourite of ours nicely served with a good creamy head. The menu is full of simple pub favourites with three starters and six main courses to choose from and to start I voted for the homemade soup which was pea and ham, and my dinner companion the chicken liver pâté served with toast. To follow we ordered lamb’s liver with bacon, mashed potato and peas for me and for him beer battered cod with chips and peas.

The starters arrived nicely presented; the large steaming bowl of pea and ham soup with crusty bread and plenty of butter, and the chicken liver pâté garnished with mixed salad. I loved the soup which was very tasty and definitely contained more peas than could constitute my five-a-day for a week! From the other side of the table the pâté got the thumbs up as being robust and flavoursome, maybe there could have been a bit more toast – it was a large serving of pâté but that was only greed talking.

It seemed rude not to order two further pints of the excellent Doom Bar to accompany our main courses and they duly arrived, the liver and bacon served in a large bowl with the creamiest looking mashed potato and rich onion gravy, together with the beer battered cod surrounded by mountains of crisp chips. One thing the new management has definitely got right is getting the food to the table piping hot which so many others fail in and is important in dishes like liver and bacon which can quickly congeal. The liver and bacon was delicious and got my recommendation; we thoroughly enjoyed both our main courses right to the last mouthful and cleared our plates which was somewhat amazing as the portions were plentiful, as were the starters.

The new beginning for the Drum and Monkey is off to a very good start, with enthusiastic staff and a committed team of chefs, ready and willing to make sure they provide what the customers likes best, simple food made with good quality ingredients in a convivial atmosphere.

Jacquie Vowles

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