We strolled down to one of the 4 pubs in close proximity to us in Guildford last night – the Woody. A rustic, heritage pub, it has a friendly family atmosphere – my only gripe is the outdoor beer garden area at front is always full of smokers blowing their fumes over whoever walks in – maybe consigning them around the back would add to the attraction. But anyway, having braved the smoke we went into the dining area with its collection of old advertising signs and ordered a drink while looking over the menu.
A bottle of the very pleasant Vinaceous Wines Salome Tempranillo Rosé was just the thing – a bouquet of rose petals, cherries and musk, followed by a crisp dry palate of raspberries and cranberries.
The menu has many of the classic pub dishes on offer, and knowing from previous experience the size of the serves we knew one main each would be more than enough – and so it was to be.
First off a serve of three sliders – chicken, pork and fried fish – all with salad in a soft, fluffy bun – the fillings generous and pleasant. They came with Woody’s chips – we think among the best around – double cooked, always floury and moist inside a wonderfully seasoned crisped exterior. Love them.
My Fisherman’s pie came out as a large pie dish topped by mashed potato browned under the grill and underneath a white sauce containing a selection of juicy seafood – fish, squid, mussels, prawns – generous serve, very filling.
This is all solid pub food – nothing grand but satisfying and certainly good value for money. The Woody is always worth a visit.