East meets West at The Bartons Arms. It is a fascinating place that combines three of my favourite things – real ale, Thai food and a decorative pub interior. The pub has been here since 1901 and it still has many of its original features. It was acquired by the Oakham Ales brewery in 2002 and now serves a wide range of interesting beers including several of its own brews.
East. ‘Real’ Thai chefs prepare the food and we choose to share Chicken Satay, Spare Ribs and a fabulous Penang Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice. We enjoy it all, but especially the curry, and soon discover that sharing two starters, one main and a side dish is just the right size of lunch for two people like us.
West. Rock chooses an Oakham Inferno and during lunch I sample the Oakham JHB and the Inferno. Both are pale and, while the JHB has some hop and citrus notes, the Inferno is dry and fruity. They work well with the Thai dishes.
Now for West meets East….we need to find a pub that serves sausage, mash and gravy with a nice bottle of sake!