Model Fish Bar: One of the best Fish and Chips - Shop I've been in
Very good classic Fish and Chips bar, though a little too large and too modern for my personal taste. Still, depending on the time of the day, it can get very full. Good choice of dishes, even gluten-free. Prices are below nationwide average, quality far above!
I just had the classic fish and chips which is hard to come by in my country except for the one or other Irish Pub.
Orchid Thai: Fresh Thai food!
I was not expected to end up in a Thai Restaurant that evening, but after I did not found any pub with an open kitchen on Sunday afternoon. The food made me forget my desire for pub grub pretty quickly. It was solid, home-made fod with fresh ingredients. The restaurant is pretty small with only half a dozen of tables in an old building.
Met a nice couple in the restaurant (she from Doncaster, he from Hull) who have been returning to this restaurant for years.
Melbourn Brothers: The one with the microbrewery next door
These guys have given the old All Saints brewery and sell fruity Samuel Smith ales, other real ales together with the usual lager suspects and the usual pub grub fare in the neighbouring premises. Their focus is on beer, so that the selection of wine and hard stuff is rather limited. Food menu looks good, but the kitchen was closed at the time of my visit. Together with the Green Man, this is the pub which celebrates real ale culture the most.
The Pear Tree: One of the poshest pub in Stamford
Somewhere between well-presented and far too posh, the Pear Tree is surely among the mmost modern pubs in town. It is no surprise that there is a big focus on wine here. My impression was that the Pear Tree was more like an after work place or a bar for a quiet relaxing evening. There was football showing one a screen, but it was far away from being a typical Champions League evening at an average English Pub. Giuest ales available, but the choice is not as large as in places like the Green Man, the London Inn or the Melbourn.
Good place for quiet nights, but for lively atmosphere better go to the Periwig, the Lord Burghley or the London Inn.
The Bull and Swan: There's not only the George...
The Bull and Swan is an inn with a long tradition. It's early history remains in the dark, but probably dates back to the late 16th century. In 1660, it was mentioned as the Falcon & Woolpack. After several name changes, it became the Bull and Swan in 1739. Not as famous and splendid as The George, but with a tradition that can compete with it.
Along with the reputation of being a classic inn, the Bull and Swan developed a higher standard kitchen in comparison to the "Cheap and cheerful" pub grub watering hole. Classic dishes are served well presented and are of high quality, but also means that prices here are a little higher than average. Atmosphere is welcoming and the audience is quite mixed, although there it can become pretty quite at daytime during the winter season. Unlike the poeple ot the neighbouring tables, I did not try any food, but enjoyed a good pint of ale.
The Green Man: Hooray for real ales!
A good pub I would like to have in my own neighbourhood. Music is predominantly mainstream rock, and the audience is accordingly. In the day it is pretty mixed (inclduing families for meals or after work drinking), but you won't find any groups of teens. In the evening, there is a mix of regular costumers and guests who just want a nice pint or two in a nice atmosphere. The place has a good awareness of beer and offers the usual suspects like Stella and Guinness, next to a good selection of real ales and European bottled beers. Kitchen is opening during daytime (although not until late in the evening) and has some of the English classics as well has some daily specials.
There is also a guesthouse above the pub with a handful of rooms. It is rated as a separate tip in the hotel section.
Pizza express: fine view...fine pizza
Pizza express inhabits a building right on the bridge over the River Welland. As such the riverside views that some tables have are probably the finest in Stamford.
I don't normally recommend chain restaurants, but this chain is a cut above the norm. The pizza is freshly made in an open-plan kitchen which is right in the centre of the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Any of the pizza will be good, but I especially enjoyed the quite spicy 'Sloppy Guiseppe'.
The salads looked great too.
The George of Stamford: Well I finished it....
The George of stamford (see seperate tip) has two restaurants to boast about. The garden restaurant is more informal and features bucolic painting all over the walls.
The main oak-panneled dining room is a much more grand affair, with Jacket and tie expected. Expect finely prepared food in the class French tradition. Prices are heavy by local standards, although very reasonable by London Standards. Work on the principle of a three course affair with a bottle of wine from the a la carte menu setting you back around 80-90 pounds.
Favorite Dish: The following morning at the hotel reception, I remarked about how good the Grand Brittany platter was the night before. The receptionist agreed and added "Yep, nobody finishes that one". Well I did.
The "Grand Brittany platter" consists of a mountain of ice on which is placed a Half-lobster, dressed crab, Langoustines, oysters, mussels, King Prawns, Clams, whelks, perwinkles, and what must have been 100 or more shell-on prawns around the edge.
Oh, and I almost forgot, four wonderful dips and a pile of to-die-for breads.
By heck, I was stuffed, especially following the starter of warm pheasant salad.
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Stamford Balti Hut: Good Indian
This was a pretty good Indian, very reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: Prawn Madras, Pilaw Rice, Nan Bread, Popodums
Kingfisher beer too :)
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