Riverside Blogger’s Lunch
14th January 2012
As a Blogger’s Lunch, I knew I was going to toss the towel in on the eating front, out with January de-toxing and shifting the ‘dolce’ muffin top. Having been to a Ship Bloggers event before, I knew that the tables would be groaning with traditional ‘pub grub’ with a gastro twist. Yes, The Ship is a Youngs pub and probably more renowned (at least, amongst my friends) for pitchers of Pimms & Lemonade on a Bank Holiday Monday. So I’ll let you into a little secret, it’s got a great food offering, full on roasts on a Sunday and BBQ’s in the summer and not to mention some fun events. They recently hosted the #ScotchEggChallenge, whereby contestants (Prof. Chefs and Amateurs) entered their efforts to be judged and the winner, awarded a glorious trophy. I’m so glad The Ship’s own Scotch egg made an appearance, here’s a peek of some beauties…
Alas, that was then and today was a different affair, for more like an eating contest for bloggers with the greatest appetites, as you can see with the menu (kindly supplied by @Mcmoop and @gaildogget).
We were given a selection of dishes (starters, mains, sides and desserts) to share amongst ourselves… but an ample amount considering we had 14 dishes!
My dishes of the day were the: Grilled Lamb, Seared Plaice and the Chocolate Fondant
For £20, for such a variety of dishes, an aperitif, wine and the best hospitality from @Mcmoop (Oisin -Licensee, Kitchen and Serving Staff, this is no ordinary Youngs Pub. It will be always be a destination pub for weekends and holidays, I just hope that drinkers get a chance to sample the food fayre too. By all means, this was an extravagent subsidised offering c/o The Ship, but the dishes are all fairly priced, with a Carved Buffet at £19.95 and A la Carte Mains from £12-£15. They are so confident about their Jam Roly Poly, they often invite Michael Winner (via twitter) to try it… one day I’m sure he’ll succumb… (his loss and my gain and until then, perhaps around my waistline first!)