Restaurant review: Roast couldn’t live up to what Pack Horse has to offer

The Pack Horse at Northborough
The Pack Horse at Northborough
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It is not the first time I have come away from a very decent Sunday lunch confident I haven’t seen the best of a restaurant.

Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of positives, and it wasn’t like I felt I had been short-changed, more that I had missed out – knowing The Pack Horse in Northborough (a great looking stone-built pub) as I do and what features on the main menu every other day of the week.

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

Pork confit and stilton or crab and crayfish on toast for starters, a seared venison or shakshuka on the mains for instance.

Anyhow I was there by choice, and Sundays is one course for £10.95, two for £14.95 and three for £17.95, and as well as roasts there was salmon fillet or sun dried tomato pasta.

My smoked duck salad was ok. The duck (four slices) was subtly smokey without it being overpowering and I did like the plum and soya dressing on the mixed leaf salad. Enjoyable but not very exciting.

Now, the braised pork loin I liked a lot – moist, soft and a decent serving (two thick slices) - and the cider jus was beautiful. The mash had a smattering of kale, just enough to notice.

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

The veg was perfectly cooked, plenty of firmness in the carrot and brocolli - and the samphire made a nice change.

Donna had a roast beef dinner so a bit of mixing and matching went on. There was more than enough beef, which had a nice taste to it, although it was a bit dry before the introduction of the stunning gravy.

The potatoes had a lovely taste too, if a bit soft, and the Yorkshire pudding was the right combination of softness and crispiness.

Again, good without any real wow factor that makes you stop mid-chew and drool.

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

It was filling and although I liked the sound of the desserts it was game over.

Service was very pleasant indeed, although I would have liked to have been told when booking that we were to be seated in the bar (I sat at a soft leather sofa to eat) rather than the restaurant.

I will return, no doubt, if not for pie night, which I have heard good things about, maybe pizza night or for the full works.

Brad’s rating: 7

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

Brad Barnes dines at The Pack Horse in Northborough

Venue: The Pack Horse, Lincoln Road, Northborough, Peterborough PE6 9BL

Phone:01733 253662

email reservations@thepackhorsenorthborough.co.uk

SPECIAL MENUS

Every Tuesday is “Pizza Night” - two pizzas and a bottle of wine for £18.

Every Wednesday is “Chippy Night” - two servings for £15.

Every second Thursday of the month is “Pie Night” - two pies, one style of potatoes and a side serving of vegetables for £10.95.

There is also a bar menu - sandwiches, burgers, pizza, salad, soup, snacks and more.