So I should probably start this post with a disclaimer…my boyfriend co-owns this pub, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to let him off lightly – all opinions are my own and this is an honest account of the evening’s events.
Having a wedding to go to the next day with some of his old school friends, we went back to his home town of St Albans to meet up for dinner the night before at The Great Northern. We started with a cheeky glass of prosecco before we sat down to look at the menu. The chef at the pub is new, and he has a very different take on the menu which previously had a more gastro-pub type feel to it (heavier, heartier dishes) but is now I feel, much more refined. Starter options ranged from Wild Garlic & Nettle Risotto to Bubble & Squeak with a Duck Egg or Breast and Shoulder of Lamb with Pea Puree. I went for the local asparagus with a butter sauce which was cooked perfectly al-dente and worked so well with the rich buttery sauce.
For my main course I went with a lighter option – Hazelnut Crusted Roasted Pollock with Curried Lentils (main pic). The pollock was cooked perfectly and the lentils had just the tiniest hint of curry so as not to overpower the fish. It was beautifully presented and came topped with edible flowers. From round the table the other people all seemed to be enjoying their meals of Roast Corn-Fed Chicken with Market Veg and Mashed Potato or Roast Pork with Cauliflower Cheese, Apples, Celery and Pecans.
All of this, washed down with a glass of my favourite Cabernet Franc (Cabaret Frank) made for a really light dinner and no hangover for the wedding the next day – I’m not normally so restrained with the wine!! (I promise the Rioja wasn’t mine – although I did have a taste as it’s new on the wine list).
It’s only the first few weeks of this new chef so I’ll be back with an update next time I eat there which should be in the next few weeks!
Edit: you can read about more evenings at the Great Northern by clicking on the following links… Wine Tasting at the Great Northern, Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening at the Great Northern, The Great Northern Beer Festival, Menu Tasting at The Great Northern, Great Northern Dinner