At the weekend the boyfriend took me out for dinner to a beautiful pub restaurant in Stone called The Wayfarer. We had such a lovely meal I wanted to share it with you in case you ever fancied a little trip out with your loved one. As it was a little out of our way and we the boy had to drive we booked an early table so we could both enjoy a few drinks and spend the rest of the evening together when we got back home. But even at 6pm the restaurant was full and the atmosphere was just right to get us in the mood for our Saturday night date. I didn’t manage to snap any pictures of the outside as it was pretty darn cold(!) but it’s a clean and inviting building with a boutique-y interior…we felt right at home as soon as we walked in. Helped of course by the friendly and efficient staff even though most of the tables were taken, a big bonus for me.
To Start – Sizzling Crispy Duck on a Hot Skillet with Hoi Sin Sauce, Shredded Spring Onions and Cucumber and Pancakes.
We’re not sure why but we both saw this and really fancied it on the menu so we ordered and got stuck in. Although the duck could have been a little crispier it was an incredible starter with just enough of everything to keep us both satisfied. The duck fell of the bone and the pancakes were just right, what a lovely treat this was and it started off our meal well.
For Main – Slow Roasted Belly Pork with Caramalised Apple Sauce, New Potatoes, Baby Carrots and Spinach & Braised Lamb Shank with Rosemary Mashed Potato, Celeriac, Braised Leeks, Roasted Carrot and Mint Jus.
My pork was amazing. Crispy on the outside and tender in the middle with the sweetness of the apple sauce, creamyness of the gravy and crunch of the baby carrots, it was heaven on a plate. The boy’s lamb was also to die for, again just falling off the bone with the mint jus giving just enough tang to compliment the richness of the meat. My mouth is watering just writing this one and thinking about eating that main again – very happy bunnies.
For Dessert – We both skipped dessert as our mains were very rich and we were stuffed with the hearty portions but i enjoyed a perfect Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Coffee instead and it went down very, very well.
To Drink – Drinks wise the Wayfarer offers some great (and reasonably priced) cocktails with interesting flavour combinations.
I tried one of their Blackberry and Ginger Mojitos and it was delicious! I am a cocktail fan and whilst it wasn’t the best Mojito i’ve ever been made it was certainly the best i’ve ever tasted in a pub before and i wouldn’t hesitate to try the rest of their concoctions. If you’re an ale fan you’ll be pleased to know they serve it well and have a nice selection if a pint tickles your fancy. I like to see a stylish pub that still knows how to keep their cellar in check – they really have got something for everybody.
We had a wonderful meal and evening at The Wayfarer and would go back in a heartbeat. With the bill coming in at just shy of £70 for two starters, mains, a liquor coffee a couple of drinks it’s not going to be your mid-week pub dinner out. But if you’re after a stylish destination venue that’s relaxed but with a bit of panache then this is certainly the place to be.