Thursday, 2 November 2017

Milburys Beauworth, 26th October 2017

We had not visited the Milburys before so as we waited for our taxi in Bishops Waltham we were eagerly anticipating what would be on offer. Eventually the taxi arrived some 20 minutes late so we were all ready for our pre-pie beers by the time we arrived at the pub.

We were greeted by Martin the Landlord who soon got to work in pulling our pints. There were three real ales on offer:
Milburys Best Bitter at 4%, Flack Manor Wolfie and Flack Manor TPA at 5.3%.

Our eyes lit up when we were told that there were 4 pies on offer to choose from:
Steak and Kidney Pudding, Steak and Ale Pie, Chicken and Ham Pie and Game Pie.
Steak and kidney pudding is a rare treat for us so everyone elected to go for that one which was a shame really as the others all sounded good and in particular the game pie. Still, gives us an excused to go back again.
The pies duly arrived and came with a choice of chips or new potatoes with a selection of vegetables and individual jugs of gravy on the side, just as we like it!

The pudding was actually baked but the suet pastry was indeed very tasty and held the meat contents without getting soggy. We felt that there could have been a bit more filling but that is one of the downsides of individual pies, you get more pastry but less filling!
Having finished the pies we enquired about the dessert menu only to be told that the kitchen was closed! So for pudding we had halfs of the TPA at 5.3% whilst waiting for our taxi for the return journey, which arrived early, and the Crown.

Scores (max of 5 in each category, 25 overall):
  • Pastry       4.31
  • Filling      3.94
  • Beer         4.13
  • Ambience4.00
  • Value       4.46
  • Total      20.84
This puts the Milburys in 6th place overall for the year, a very good showing on a first visit. Our thanks to Martin for an entertaining lunchtime.