The Pilgrim Inn, Marchwood, 15/25

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The Pilgrim Inn, Marchwood


Hythe Road


Southampton, Hampshire

SO40 4WU
Tel: 02380 867752


Gluten free: Need to ask

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Above average

Last week SA & myself had the pleasure of lunching with friends we hadn’t seen for ages. Because of the convenience of it’s location we chose the Pilgrim. We hadn’t been there for years and didn’t even know its now a Fullers pub until we looked online for the menus. Most Fullers pubs we have tried have been of a high standard so we expected a lovely lunch.

My husband and I arrived first and were very impressed with the look of the building, its very attractive and so is the interior… modernised olde Worlde if you know what I mean!

We were shown to our table by a very friendly waitress who gave us the menus to study. I asked for the menu for the 2/3 course festive menu that is advertised on their website. Weirdly I was told that this menu is only available if its ordered in advance! I cannot find anything telling you this on their website. You all know we are fans of set menus, they usually represent such good value for money…. we were a tad irritated so not a good start.

Once our friends arrived we were more interested in ordering drinks than food and so our mood was lifted! We had G & T’s, nicely served using Fever Tree tonics and a couple of bottles of wine that were quite reasonably priced at around £15/£16.

Eventually we decided we would share a fish platter to start with….. London Porter smoked salmon, whitebait, prawns & smoked haddock, rustic bread. As we were sharing we needed more bread and were surprised to be charged for it. Thank goodness that most establishments no longer do this and this includes high calibre restaurants who serve a variety of delicious home made bread.

Our mains were Calf’s liver, red cabbage, mash & onion gravy; the liver was nice but the red cabbage was so sweet with it…. a touch of greenery would have made all the difference to both the taste and the appearance. The same goes for the Owton’s braised blade of beef, bubble & squeak, roasted vegetables & red wine sauce… look at the photos, what do you think? We asked for what we described as much needed green vegetables and again were charged extra. The best choice was London Pride battered haddock, peas, tartare sauce, triple cooked chips.. it tasted the best, looked the most appetising and was the cheapest dish!

We finished with coffees and had a lovely time in spite of the niggles. If we had had some greenery with our mains the food would have scored 3/5. As the staff were very pleasant and friendly and I’m a softy I have given them 3/5 but we did have to keep asking for things.


Ladies Who Lunch: The Pilgrim Inn, Marchwood Scoring

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££££££ Cost

2/5 Quality of food

3/5 Variety of menu

3/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

3/5 Value for money

15/25 Total yummy factor

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

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