Restaurant review: The Golden Fleece, Braughing
The Golden Fleece in Braughing is a first class lunch experience
About the restaurantLocated on the main road in Braughing, the Golden Fleece was recently taken over by Jess and Peter Tatlow and food is served in the dining room, the pub bar, a private dining room or on the newly refurbished outside terraces.
First ImpressionsThe main door of the pub opens into the bar area with a large fireplace on the left and the seating area to the right where there is a filled in fireplace in the wall and wooden supporting beams from ceiling to floor throughout the room.
Atmosphere and decorThe atmosphere was relaxed and with one other couple in when we arrived. We were offered table service in the pub because it was quiet and as we ate the room filled and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere was created.
ServicePolite and good-natured, the waitress was friendly and talkative and was happy to offer my dining partner and myself table service in the pub – a service usually reserved for the dining room.
The MenuLunch is served from noon until 2.30pm during the week and the menu is wide-ranging with starters ranging from the traditional homemade soup to the more exotic Thai style warm chicken. The meals are freshly prepared and many are gluten free while diners are also invited to discuss any other dietary requirements they may have. There is also an extensive wine list.
To StartMy eating companion and I decided on different starters. I opted for the Thai style warm chicken salad with toasted cashew nuts and beansprouts (�5.85). The salad was delicious – the best part of the meal – and was full of flavour with a balanced texture. My companion had Sanguinet salad made up of mixed leaves with bacon and walnuts topped with goats’ cheese croutes (�5.95). Delicious, and plentiful, a real winner at the start of a meal.
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For mainFood reviews allow the reviewer to try things they wouldn’t normally jump into bed with, and so when a lightly curried seafood stew (�12.95) topped with crispy pancetta and garlic croutons – and a chunk of bread – came into view it had to be chosen.The seafood was perfectly cooked, the curry not too spicy and the bread was a real doorstop, enough to soak up the delicious stew.My dining partner went for the Golden Fleece Burger with chicken breast, homemade coleslaw, mixed salad leaves and hand-cut chunky chips (�9.25). A real winner, and the hand-cut chips were nice and crunchy – just as they should be.
To finishA tasty lemon and honey cheesecake with figs in vanilla syrup (�4.95) was a shared dessert with my partner too full after the epic main to continue. The cheesecake was soft and fluffy, and the figs were full of flavour. A definite winner, and finished off with two coffees.
Our experienceThe food was lovely, the atmosphere charming and the whole dining experience was a real pleasure. It may be a little off the beaten track, but the Golden Fleece is worth the journey.
The cost of a three-course lunch for two was �48.85 including four soft drinks and two coffees.
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The Golden Fleece20 Green End, Braughing Hertfordshire, SG11 2PG
This is an independent review featuring a restaurant selected and experienced by the writer. The restaurant was not told it was being reviewed.