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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Best Country Pub in Hertfordshire | The Gate, Chorleywood

We were kindly invited to this beaut gastro country pub in Rickmansworth, to try out their new menu and see their amazing revamp. I think you'll agree, the place now looks great and the food, well... we definitely recommend you go and try it yourself! From light starters to full-on feasts, the new summer menu at The Gate has something for everyone to complete your characteristic country pub experience. Take a look at what we chose from their delicious menu...

Nestled amongst the small villages of west Hertfordshire, Chorleywood is less than a mile from the M25, but being there, you really wouldn't be able to tell.  Newly refurbished, the interior is stylish, inviting and comfortable with accents of metallics, greys and dark woods. Pops of mustard yellow bring a contrast of colour while a beautiful marble and gold bar pulls the whole room together.

It felt really cozy, comfortable and classy - everything you want from a Hertfordshire country club, and of course, good food.

The menu at The Gate is far from the typical 'pub grub' you see down your local with more than five different menus, including a fully Vegan menu which contains dishes like Spiced Coconut Curry and a vegan chocolate tart. The new Fresh for the Season menus are bursting with flavour and unlimited choice. 

Kirsty and I really are creatures of habit when it comes to food, we tend to go for the meat-rich, flavourful, carby meals and I'm a sucker for a good juicy burger! Reaching straight for the cocktail menu however, we both opted for a Saracen Sour on the 2 for £10 deal which came with beautiful flowers on top, perfect for a summer evening.

The Chargrilled Lamb and Balsamic Koftas had a rich mediterranean flavour. The hummus it came with had a perfect amount of spice with a good balance between the sourness of the lemon and the sweetness of the lamb. It was beautifully presented, certainly not what you'd expect at a pub, we were very pleasantly surprised.

While we waited for our mains, we ordered the Artisanal Breads. They came with delicious herby butter, oil and balsamic vinegar. The breads were well toasted too, but you can't really go wrong with this sharer. 

On to the mains... Kirsty ordered the Chicken, Leek and Creme Fraiche pie, topped with a ham hock crumb and served with cabbage mashed potato, buttered green beans and gravy. The crust was beautifully crispy, there was more meat than you'd expect and the filling was really moist.

My Wagyu burger was beautifully succulent, cooked to perfection with smoked Irish cheddar, added bacon and a side of crispy onion rings, sweet potato fries and aioli. The burger itself was monstrous, I was absolutely stuffed by the end of my meal, and for someone who doesn't usually go anywhere near onions, the rings were a pleasant surprise. They were crunchy, flavoursome and yummy!

We didn't really have room for pudding but who could resist these Melting Golden Chocolate Bombs? Arriving on a popping candy crumb, the chocolate orange bomb melted with the hot Belgian chocolate sauce to reveal a sweet praline ice cream inside. This dessert was divine, something which I'll definitely be travelling back for.

I'm sure you'll agree that everything was beautifully presented, the interior of the place was insta-worthy and you better not take my word for it that the food was also a welcome treat to our tastebuds - go and check The Gate out for yourselves the next time you're in the area.

I'm really keen to try out their Vegan menu too, what would be the first thing you order?

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