The Woodbridge is one of our go to places for a quick meal, with serves both generous and inexpensive, and is one of four pubs within close walking distance of our place in Guildford. An old heritage pub, with live music on occasion, an eclectic collection of advertising hoardings on the walls, a bottle shop around the side, this place has a great atmosphere.
It is always very popular, and this Tuesday lunchtime was no exception – a large posse of bowlers filled the back dining area, and the smaller front room was full by the time we left, and out front more packed the garden enjoying the winter sunshine.
The wine list is small but there is always something on it to attract the eye and the palate, while the menu is traditional pub grub style, but very well cooked and presented, quick to be served, and large in proportion – bring your appetite.
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.
On to the food – mushroom stroganoff and pulled lamb sandwich.
The stroganoff was a large serve of mixed mushrooms cooked in a sour cream -based sauce, paprika and gherkins adding to the flavour. Glossy and full of hearty wintery flavours, this came with creamy mash and crisp broccolini. This was a very enjoyable dish; one I will certainly have again.
The pulled lamb – beautifully tender – was served in toasted bread along with bacon, coleslaw and mayo – and a large serve of chips – with tomato sauce to dip. The chips at the Woody are always absolutely spot on – wonderfully crisp and crunchy outside, beautifully floury inside – best chips around Guildford we think.
So that was that – another very good feed at the Woodbridge – we slipped around to the bottle shop for a bottle or two and then were on our way. Be back however!