For us, with a few notable exceptions, 2017 has not been a good year for dining in pubs. So, we are heading to The Queens at Belbroughton, which has had some rave reviews on social media, with high hopes rather than high expectations.
I have a very pleasant pint of Forty Niner from the Ringwood Brewery. It is a full-bodied, malty golden brown ale. I order the Queens Curry – marinated lamb, tomato, sweet pepper & onion sauce served with poppadums, onion bhaji and homemade naan bread. It is perfectly ok but in no way exciting. The bhaji and the naan bread are actually very ordinary.
Rock orders the confit leg of Gressingham duck with bean cassoulet, creamy mash & red cabbage. When it is served there is no bean cassoulet – the duck leg and mash are served with green beans and carrots. When queried, the staff member checks with the kitchen and comes back with an apology but no explanation or any other form of compensation. Moreover, the skin of a confit duck leg should be crisp – this skin is best described as soggy.
Our high hopes have been dashed. Really standard pub grub and sometimes you don’t even receive what the menu promises!