We have to confess we didn’t really know The Hogarth when we were invited for lunch. Yes, we’d been past it a few times but it just hadn’t jumped out for some reason. So it was a good excuse to investigate.
From the outside it didn’t look like it was going to have a lot of space inside, but once through the door it opened up and even had a surprise beer garden in the back that seemed to be a little bit of a suntrap. The decor is newly furbished and modern – but still keeping it’s original Victorian feeling – with both high and low tables and some unusual seating areas.
The kids ran straight to the board games and the sweet dispenser, but we dragged them back to the table and ordered some homemade drinks including a delicious (for adults) Ginger Beer and an equally (for the kids) tasty old fashioned lemonade. Best of all they were served in some very unusual containers, which brought a smile to everyone’s face.
Cocktails are clearly a thing here – huge blackboards covered in descriptions of delightful sounding concoctions including Love Potion, Salted Caramel Appletini and the English Country Garden. But it was Sunday lunchtime so we didn’t try them out.
The menu is not extensive, covering the classic Sunday lunch fare – but for once we decided not to go for the classic meat and vegetables. While they didn’t offer a children’s menu, everything was possible in a half-portion.
The young ones tried the fish and chips (“ok, not great, not bad”) and a simple burger (“completely yummy, i love the chips”) which was devoured with a portion of fries in about two minutes by the hungriest boy in the Borough. Kids are notoriously picky, so this was a very good result.
On the ‘not so picky’ version of the menu there were two different burgers called The Saint and The Sinner – one a little healthier than the other – and we were very tempted by both but instead we ordered a couple of less usual dishes for a pub lunch – first up was a starter portion of falafel’s which was quite filling for a ‘not so hungry’ Mrs TR.
But I was especially and pleasantly surprised by the squash and lemon tagine with flatbread that was a real change from the norm and really hit the spot. The flatbread was perfect and the tagine very nicely balanced in flavour.
I was so busy enjoying it that I nearly forgot to take a photo, so please excuse the fact that it’s been nibbled below…
We enjoyed our lunch at The Hogarth. You can find their contact details here.