CHESHIRE: Freshly revamped Alderley Edge pub brings back traditional British pub classics with a revolutionary new menu
| 12th February 2020
Set in the suburbs of Alderley Edge in Cheshire, sits the Drum and Monkey. A pub frequented by celebs and locals alike.
This recently refurbished establishment boasts a log burning fire for cosy nights in, and an extensive beer garden outside for those glorious summer days.
And it’s not just the décor that has undergone a serious revamp. The whole menu has been overhauled with an emphasis on real home-cooked pub grub.
With a growing reputation for good food and a cosy atmosphere, we figured needed to get the VIVA lowdown.
I had visited the Drum and Monkey pre-refurb and I have to admit the interior was dated and tired. Walking into the Drum this time however was a completely different experience. The interior still resembles that of an old English pub however the atmosphere has been completely transformed, the upholstery renewed and the whole venue seems brighter and airier than before.
After perusing the menu, I opted for the chicken liver parfait to start whilst my dining partner decided on the roasted Chorizo with ciabatta. I thoroughly enjoyed the parfait, it’s a dish I would happily order for a light bite as the portion size was so generous.
The menu also consists of a range of sandwiches and light bites including British classes such as Rarebit and fish finger sandwich, along with some international influences such as the garlic chicken schnitzel and the chilli beef Korean noodle salad available throughout the day.
I was particularly looking forward to my main course. I ordered the Ox Cheek, a dish I was pleasantly surprised to see on the menu. The dish was served with roasted seasonal veg and I added a side of mash to help soak up the gravy. Whilst my guest went for the fish and chips as you simply can’t go wrong with a chippy tea.
Other dishes include lambs’ liver and mash, cheese and onion pie and no pub menu is complete without the classic – ham, egg and chips!
I thoroughly enjoyed the ox cheek and the meat was slow cooked and simply fell apart. For those unfamiliar with ox cheek, it is a lot like a beef brisket but a little richer in flavour, not to mention incredibly tasty.
After our main courses we were fit to burst, however after checking out the dessert menu I knew that I simply could not leave without trying the jam roly poly – my all-time favourite dessert. It certainly did not disappoint. Overall the experience was thoroughly enjoyable and the perfect midweek pitstop when the fridge is empty, and you cannot be bothered to cook.
VIVA Verdict: If it’s comfort food you are looking for, then look no further. A cosy and relaxed ambience with proper home-cooked food, The Drum and Monkey is the place to go.