The Wheatsheaf

Braishfield Road

Romsey

Tel: 368372

www.wheatsheafbraishfield.co.uk

Visited July 2004

Was recommended to try The Wheatsheaf by several site regulars, thank you, good choice. Had a lot of catching up to do with an old friend who lives near by. We had plenty of time to gossip, as the food is all freshly cooked it takes time so don't expect to be in & out of here in a flash! Some folks were having wonderfully over loaded delicious looking open sandwiches so perhaps that's a quicker option if you are in a hurry. They now serve food all day.

The pub has wonderful olde worlde decor with a modern twist... a Can Can dancers leg sticking out of a wooden beam?? Plus all sorts of nik knacks dotted around the place. A motto written on the wall is going to be my new best excuse... " I drink to make other people more interesting"!

I suggest visiting their web site to find out all about Peter and Jenny Jones the licensees, their fellow chefs, Pub of The Year Award & sample menus. Perhaps most importantly the news that they are trying to win "Loo of the Year" again! Ladies we can report it is a very glamorous loo, unfortunately no way of finding out about the Gentlemen's facility.

We started with a Basket of Rustic Bread with extra virgin olive oil, marinated garlic, (sure I have breathed this over everyone for a few days!), & sun dried tomato tapenade plus a dish of Marinated Olives with lemon, garlic & rosemary. The olives were fabulous.

We chose to have the light snack size portions for our main course. I had Pan Fried Scallops with spiced carrots, crispy black pudding & fresh coriander, not too keen on the black pudding but otherwise a pleasing flavour. My friend had Crispy Shredded Duck served with Chinese pancakes, spring onion, cucumber & Hoi Sin sauce.

As usual pudding was my favourite. I am very ignorant as I had never heard of Eton Mess before, apparently it is now very popular so I had to try it ( why do I always have to justify having something sweet?)! It was gorgeous, a mess of raspberries, meringue & cream, yummy!

Would recommend The Wheatsheaf, would make different main course choices next time, but saw lots of delicious dishes being efficiently served by our waitress who was very courteous & the surroundings are so attractive.

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Yummy Factor 8/10

The higher the "Yummy" factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of signs the more expensive. ( Roughly one sign = 5 per head )
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