Now if you’re a longstanding reader of the blog you’ll know that Sunday lunch isn’t really my favourite meal, all too often I find it bland and disappointing so when you find somewhere that does a good Sunday lunch you better hold onto it. The Old Bridge Hotel in Huntington is one of the good ones and my parents introduced us to it last weekend, my mum has been going there for yonks and even had her 21st birthday there!
The hotel is right in the centre of Huntington and sits next to the river, pretty as a picture, a massive stone hotel covered in trailing ivy. The restaurant itself is no disappointment, at the back of the building, it’s bright and airy with a relaxed, bustling atmosphere even with the white starched table cloths.
One of the great things about The Old Bridge Hotel is the wine – they have a whole shop dedicated to it so you can try it in the restaurant before you buy – which I of course did! I had a glass of the Negroamaro del Salento (£7.35) which really was lovely. Fruity and full bodied but still very light – the perfect drink to have with a Sunday lunch.
To eat, we went for the classic Roast Beef – you can have either sirloin (£19.50) or fillet (£24.50), after my lesson with Gaucho I knew that sirloin was the cut for me – less texture but more flavourful and it was certainly a good choice. The meat comes plentiful and is beautifully cooked, so delicious. The beef is served with roast potatoes, leek & cauliflower cheese, carrots, savoy cabbage and a Yorkshire the size of my head! The veg was all al dente and leek & cauliflower cheese super rich (just as it should be). The Yorkshire was big and fluffy, the only element not spot on were the roasties which just weren’t crispy enough for me. Portion sizes are massive – this is definitely how your mum used to make it cooking!
Not often am I too full after a meal to have pudding and I *nearly* didn’t manage it here, I just about squeezed in a Affogato (£4.95). I went for espresso as it was a Sunday afternoon but if you’re feeling more adventurous they also do it with PX Sherry. The service throughout was great as well as the food; friendly, helpful and not at all stuffy.
The good stuff doesn’t just end there, pop outside the restaurant and you’ll see the hotel’s wine shop which is award winning so you can either buy the bottle you tried (which I may have done…twice) or buy one before dinner to have in the restaurant (corkage fees apply). They have a fancy Enomatic machine which preserves opened fine wine bottles so you can buy them by the glass – a must try for wine enthusiasts.
There’s a reason why the The Old Bridge Hotel has stuck around so long – it’s a classic and one I’d definitely recommend visiting.