We stopped here for lunch last summer and really enjoyed the mix of good food, good beer and modern art. Today, looking for a non-traditional Sunday lunch stop on our route south, Roth Bar & Grill appears to be the best option. They do a traditional Sunday roast but they also have a whole lot more on their menu.
It is beer o’clock and, as I’m driving, I’m pleased to see they stock a low alcohol option. Little Big Beer brewed by God Beer in Lower Godney, Somerset is a vegan friendly, low alcohol craft ale. It has far more flavour than most non-alcoholic beers but lacks the robustness of a real ale. Rochelle has the opportunity to enjoy something stronger and chooses an organic Helles lager from the Freedom Brewery. It is a lager we’ve had many times before and it is full of delicate notes.
Rock chooses a dish from the daily changing brunch menu – home-made sausages with fried eggs and seeded toast – you cannot get much further from a traditional Sunday roast. The sausages are the stand out item – good quality pork sausagemeat with plenty of well balanced flavours.
I have the crispy pheasant with wet polenta and cavolo nero. The pheasant has been coated in breadcrumbs with herbs & spices and it can best be described as a slightly sophisticated version of KFC. The star of my dish is the wet polenta. I’m really not a fan of polenta – but this smooth version is like a really smart and silky mashed potato.
No dessert. But, here you can enjoy coffee with fabulous chocolate salami. Unlike some other places that serve chocolate salami, here the chocolate is soft and luxurious. The coffee is good too.
Overall, the Roth Bar delivered a good alternative to a traditional Sunday roast and, those around us who did want a roast, appeared to be really enjoying it. We also had great, friendly service from Georgia. If you are heading to the south west and you need to find a food stop somewhere between Yeovil and Bath – this place should be on your map!