Saturday, 17 August 2013

The Goshawk, Mouldsworth Cheshire

We currently have our house on the market and looking to relocate to a village in Cheshire. We both thought it was a good idea to spend much of our free time exploring the areas we like and consequently eating at the local pubs and restaurants. The plan being when we eventually move, these areas will not feel totally strange to us. A good plan we think and we are having fun doing so. 

On one lazy Sunday afternoon drive through west Cheshire with a plan to stop off at any pub that took our fancy, we found ourselves driving through the small village of Mouldsworth and came across The Goshawk. A striking looking country pub complete with window boxes, hanging baskets, and attractive shrubbery. It was one of those pubs that makes you step on the brakes.

On this occasion we just had a drink and a look around, we liked the look and feel of the place and the menu was appealing so we made a mental note to visit and dine sometime soon. There is also a very large and new looking decking area with plenty of tables which overlooks a bowling green and fields, very picturesque. 

Last week we tried and failed to get a reservation as they were totally full but this week we managed to bag reservation. On arrival we were given the opportunity to either sit in the bar and peruse the menu with a drink or be seated right away. We were starving so wasted no time. 

The Goshawk is lovely inside, interlocking dining areas with wooden floors open log fires although not lit as its summer but this place will be a nice cosy snug in the winter. The menu which you can view HERE has a good combination of typical Gastro fare, sausage and mash, steak and kidney pies and burgers but it also has more refined dishes like Hake in parma ham, crayfish salad, lobster etc... So there's something for everyone. 

The wine list is good and in particular a good selection of wine by the glass for those who are driving. Those who like good beer will love this place too with many guest beers on offer.

We decided to skip a starter and dived straight in to the mains, we both fancied a steak. 
I ordered a 10oz Ribeye and was cooked medium perfectly, juicy and pink with a nice charred flavour from the grill, this came with the most awesome bowl of chunky chips, really crisp outsides and fluffy inside, two meaty flat mushrooms and the usual garnish of a baked tomato. I also ordered a béarnaise sauce which came in a little pot, divinely buttery with a hint of anise from the tarragon , it was so good the chips were dunked in too! 

My partner had the Surf and Turf, same steak, medium rare topped with four massive juicy prawns and was equally enjoyed. 

We were quite full after our steaks but had saved just enough room to sample a couple of puds. Passion fruit creme brûlée and Strawberries & Lime cheesecake with a citrus syrup.  

The creme brûlée was Devine and served with two shortbread biscuits. My only gripe was the custard was a little more set than I like. I prefer a more smooth thick silky brûlée but this in no way detracted from the taste and the crack test of the topping was a winner, smooth and as thin as glass, top class.

Although this looks like a large potion I was told this cheesecake was very light and tasted great. 

One other thing that stood out to me, as strange as this might seem but I loved the fact the wine glass that my wine was served in was absolutely sparkling clean, you could actually feel it when you picked up the glass. Who doesn't love a clean glass ? but it's rare. This was a large 250ml glass which they serve in a little carafe so you can top up as you need too, a lovely touch.

Service was a little slow between courses but this was not a problem. Everything came out fresh, piping hot and most importantly it all tasted great . 

We are both looking forward to making the Goshawk one of our locals.  

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