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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Food & Drink: Would you order steak at a pub?

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Would you 'fillet and steak it' at a pub?

This is a question that always rings alarm bells in my head. 

Too many times I've opted for a steak at a pub and continuously been let down by the results, I'll largely stick by the moral that; "you generally shouldn't order a steak unless your in a specialty steak restaurant or steakhouse" as you can pretty much guarantee that shit would really hit the fan if there's the odd couple of 'off 'steak portions presented to guests; and believe me I've learnt to become very precious about how I expect my steak.  

However, my pub steak experience at The Nags Head Inn in Woking was surprisingly, very different! Read on to discover my review of a three course meal at this delightful place.. 

The Nags Head Inn Woking

Oak-smoked chicken liver parfait

Dinner at The Nags Head in Woking

Tamarind glazed lamb ribs

A trio of roasts

7oz fillet steak at the pub

Sunday roast dinner at the pub

Salted caramel chocolate pot
Sticky toffee pudding

On arrival we were greeted to sit down at the bar to order freely from the tab and indulged into some bar snacks, (really yummy tortilla crisp bites) while our table was prepared. 

I felt like staying simple with some fizz, so I could focus my efforts on the food, so opted for the a bellini with a twist; the 'elderflower bellini'. I had two, once topped with a bobbling stawberry, the other with a sunken raspberry; whichever way it came, I enjoyed them both! 

For starters I had my eye on the deep-fried somerset brie; unfortunately they were all out of this dish; my heart sunk but I immediately spotted the 'Oak-smoked chicken liver parfait' on second glance.

This definitely satisfied my sweet and savoury tooth; the liver parfait was deliciously smooth and creamy in texture and once spread onto the crusty brioche I topped with a plump slathering of sweet chutney. 

Alex chose the glazed lamb ribs; succulent and tender, falling straight off the bone; I thoroughly enjoyed sampling these too.. the cumin and mint yoghurt dip was a perfectly cool and collected aside to the glazed tamarind lamb. 

For mains, Alex went traditional Sunday style with a very large 'trio of roasts' featuring pork, chicken, beef and all the fancy trimmings; pigs in blankets, crackling, a smooth apple and vanilla puree and a delicious apricot and sage stuffing. At £13.95 I don't think this is a bad price at all; as you can see Alex's plate was stacked to the high heavens in meat and covered by a huge fluffy yorkshire pudding! 

Me on the other hand; I was willing to take a risk and be very nontraditional in my usual pub grub selection. The idea of the 7oz fillet steak taunted me; oh how I so wanted it to be good. Already impressed by our dining experience, I thought I'd give a pub another try at attempting steak. I asked to switch up the dauphinoise potatoes with chunky chips so I could experience proper pub grub style 'steak and chips'. 

The fillet steak came accompanied with twice-cooked chunky chips, a roasted shallot, Bearnaise sauce and a mini saucepan of rosemary, tomato and garlic jelly. 

I was very intrigued by this jelly; quite a different aside to the usual steak plate and it was lovely! It was a unusual herb infused jelly sauce which tasted perfect with both my steak and chunky chips. 

The presentation of the steak looked great; I always admire the restaurants and pubs that go creatively up-market, both with their ingredients and their presentation 'tool-kit'. 

Hope was slightly restored, and my faith in a pub outing for a steak; perhaps this will be on the cards again - I'll definitely try it here. 

I finished off my night with a 'salted caramel chocolate pot' with came complete with creme fraiche, candied lemon and butter biscuits. I opted for the 'mini pudding and hot drink' option, which is great for those feeling like 'you couldn't stomach another mouthful but equally refusing to give up on pudding moments'. 

It was the perfect size, to be honest; anymore would have over-done it, the rich and sour mix of salted caramel, chocolate and lemon, twisted with cool refreshing creme fraiche was a fabulously bizarre combination for my palette. 

If your local to Surrey and looking for a up-market pub, ticking all the right boxes, don't hesitate to visit the The Nags Head in Knaphill, Woking

Alternatively if you're looking for the best Sunday roast in London!

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*For this visit to The Nags Head Inn I was given a £100 voucher to sample the food and drink to fully appreciate and experience what they offer. All views are completely my own and not influenced at all.*


  1. Ohhh wow! Woking isn't too far from us so i can see a trip may be happening if my other half sees steak! This is another level of pub food... WOW! xx

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  2. This is exactly the type of pub I look for! All sounds and looks delicious! x

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