I remember as young boy going to my late Nan’s with my parents for Sunday lunch. I used to love the overcooked cabbage and slightly burnt roast potatoes smothered in mint sauce, my absolute favorite had to be her homemade lemon meringue pie, it was second to none. Then there were the arguments about how well the lamb should be cooked among the older lot. Looking back on it I feel I took it for granted, I used to love being around my family talking about the week gone and future plans. Sadly for me the Great British institution of Sunday Lunch seems to have got lost and I don’t think I’m alone.
Hankering after a nice roast and after hearing a lot about The Shepherd and Dog in Harold Wood I decided to get myself booked in.
Upon arrival my family and I were greeted and shown the bar whilst our table was prepared. The bar was full of life and it wasn’t just down to the live singer, friends and families of all ages were enjoying themselves, some even dancing away.
After a short time we was shown to our table, the restaurant was very busy. I grew concerned that perhaps service would be a little slow, it wasn’t. Service was exceptional and dare I say it the food was even better.
The lamb was cooked to perfection, the potatoes crispy on the outside and like candy floss on the inside. I think I had the best Roast Dinner I’ll ever have – aside my late Nan’s of course.
The dessert menu is extremley persuasive, I’m sure few manage to escape the great choice The Shepherd and Dog have to offer. I had a special – a chocolate and raspberry desert, it was out of this world. My companions had chocolate brownie and the pub classic; bread and butter pudding and they all looked equally as delicious.
With people sat around us laughing and chatting away there was a fantastic atmosphere, I felt somewhat at home.
Although it seems the traditional Sunday Lunch is slowly getting lost in time it’s certainly not at the The Shepherd and Dog, it is the home of the modernised Great British Sunday Roast.
I know where I’m having my Christmas dinner!
P.S. The cocktails were out of this world!