This month’s restaurant review took us to The Saracens Head in Little Brington. Having heard lots of good things about this restaurant, we could not wait to visit!
We booked in advance for a 5pm table on a Friday and the gentlemen who took our reservation was polite and accommodating and asked where we would like to sit, the main restaurant or the library. We opted for the library and we were asked again when we arrived. There was a great buzz in the bar area where the locals obviously enjoy unwinding after a long working week.
The gentleman who greeted us was great, he was polite but also funny and showed his personality straight away. We had our young children with us and he interacted with them and made them laugh. After being asked what drinks we’d like, these arrived swiftly so we could enjoy them as we looked through the menu. Our server talked us through the menu and offered information on all of the specials.
My wife had already decided on fillet steak before we had set foot in the premises and I opted for the Pie of the Day, which was pork and leek. We mulled through the starter options and I opted for the Gambas (tiger prawns and chorizo in a spiced tomato sauce served with warm bread) and my wife went for the mushrooms (wild mushrooms in a white wine, Gran Moravia cream sauce served on a brioche wedge).
Both arrived piping hot and well presented, the Gambas were delightful and my wife was not disappointed with the mushrooms. The children’s menu was ample and offered a varied choice, the kids were easily pleased with the choice of chicken goujons and chips!
On to the main event! I would be lying if I said my wife could not contain her excitement for her fillet steak to arrive. A well-presented plate arrived with her steak cooked to perfection (medium rare). The meat was succulent and tender and you could have cut it with a butter knife.
Accompanied by mushrooms, skinny fries and peppercorn sauce, my wife enjoyed every bite. I was looking forward to my pie as it piqued my interest when I learnt of the specials. The pastry was fluffy, the sauce was divine and the garden vegetables were well seasoned and very tasty.
When we were offered dessert, I was feeling slightly uncomfortable with not a lot of room for any more food. We opted to share a dessert and we picked the frangipane, with plum and almond and served with pistachio and almond ice cream. Again another lovely course that did not disappoint.
Throughout our visit to The Saracens Head the service was impeccable, the staff were polite and looked like they enjoyed working there. The venue was clean and very well presented and had an amazing ambience throughout our visit.
There is plenty of parking and the venue is surrounded by fields so I would imagine in the summer this is a great place to visit. 10/10 from me!
This visit was booked anonymously and the food and drink was paid for by the writer.
To make your reservation, visit thesaracensatbrington.co.uk