IT seems to have undergone an awful lot of changes in my time in Peterborough, but I think it is fair to say the Gordon Arms is onto a winner in its latest format.
The pub is now very family orientated and goes under the Fayre and Square branding. In short its straight forward pub favourites at very reasonable prices - and that is before the multitude of offers kick in.
Oh, and if Saturday is anything to go by, it is a very popular concept.
With a busy day ahead of us we were through the doors before 12.30 - and it was already doing a roaring trade. And there was no let up during our hour or so at our table.
We found a table - and immediately we were asked if we had enough room (we had a baby buggy) offered a high chair and some crayons for Jasmine. A nice touch.
We weren’t the only ones with youngsters on board, and there were groups of older teenagers and plenty of pensioners, so it obviously has a broad appeal.
The menus are pretty basic - nothing that is going to capture the imagination, or trouble a chef - but good wholesome pub grub - lasagne, fish and chips, burgers, scampi and chips, sausages and mash.
It was early so I decided to go for the all day breakfast, and very nice it was: two lovely sausages, nicely fried eggs with runny yolks, crispy, tasty hash browns, the bacon had a great flavour - and beans, mushrooms, toast and tomato and what is not to like, especially at £6.99?
It was of a standard, and a size, as good as any establishment offering the same thing. Absolutely no complaints.
Likewise with Donna’s - a roast chicken salad served with chopped tomato, red onion, cucumber and peppers on a bed of dressed mixed leaves, topped with a lemon & herb dressing.
Nice fresh salad, and plenty of it, plenty of chicken breast and a very tasty dressing - served separately.
Again, no complaints especially when it’s only £6.79 and pretty much on par with dishes you will find on the menu at serious restaurants at twice the price.
As luck would have it, both meals came under the 2 for £10 offer (14 dishes from the menu do) so that is all we paid - a tenner!
The kids’ menu is also decent - in terms of what is on offer and the standard of the food we saw for £3.50.
Jasmine went with three crispy fish fingers, carrot sticks and a Yorkshire pudding. And she pretty much cleared her plate.
Dessert-wise we shared a Millionaire Shortbread Sundae. I didn’t think much to it but you didn’t need to be a millionaire to buy one (£3.99) and our two-year-old loved it, so what do I know?
Even with a drink it cost less than £25 - great value in my eyes. We didn’t leave thinking about when we would be back, but that said I am sure we will.
Brad’s rating: 7
Venue: The Gordon Arms, Oundle Road, Peterborough tel 01733 231374 www.fayre-square.com