I decided as it was a lovely sunny day, albeit cold in the shade, go for a walk over Long Valley, but instead of as in the summer eat at The Foresters, then go for a walk, go for a walk, then eat, to make the most of the autumn sun.
And so off we set, a friend, two dogs and myself. We arrived back at The Foresters hungy and tired and ready to eat, only to find it full, no dogs.
Rather than hang around, we followed a track out the back of the pub and found ourselves on Velmead Common.
We arrived back, even more tired and hungry than before. Although still very busy (it was now late afternoon) there was a free table, which meant the dogs could come in.
During the summer visit, I had slow-roast belly of pork. I was looking forward to trying this again, but saw they had a carvery (new the last few weeks), therefore I thought I would try the carvery.
I was a little unsure. It was all laid out on a trestle table. I thought maybe the roast meat had dried out, the roast potatoes looked dried out, the Yorkshire pudding looked burnt, the mixed vegetables though, cauliflowers, broccoli and carrots, looked very fresh. There was also parsnips. At the end of the table gravy. On another table which I had not noticed, mustard and what I assumed was various sauces.
The portions of meat were generous. For the vegetables, I helped myself.
My initial misgivings on the meat, Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes proved unfounded.
I would rate this as the best carvery I have had. Cooked to perfection, quality cuts of meat.
At £11-95, for a pub that is usually very pricy, cf a burger at £11-95, it was reasonably priced.
To drink a pint of Tea from the Hog’s Back Brewery.
Where we were sitting, the exhausted dogs fell asleep, I noticed books. A reasonable selection: The Algebraist Iain M Banks, A Quiet Belief in Angels E J Ellory, The Millenium trilogy Stieg Larsson, though they did then let themselves down with 50 Shades of Crap. No Paulo Coelho.
I asked were the books a new addition, and was it possible to borrow?
Yes, the books were a new addition, and yes, it was possible to borrow.
I suggested they registered on BookCrossing and encouraged people to leave books.
The Foresters is in the middle of nowhere, not far from Church Crookham. Dogs are welcome.
The Foresters is being hit with fake reviews on TripAdvisor. I have eaten there twice. They clearly take a pride in their food and the service is good. TripAdvisor is losing all credibility when it fails to root out fake reviews.