Eating Out: Phoenix Inn
Birthdays mean only one thing at home: dinner at the Phoenix Inn. This local gastro pub boasts fresh and locally sourced food and a stellar atmosphere. The garden is large and beautiful, there is live music every Sunday, and I fully recommend the steak night on a Thursday!
Sundays also mean roast – which means you get a choice of three different meats, or you can opt for the infamous châteaubriand between two. This huge fillet of meat is a pure delight, and worth the every penny!
Eschewing my usual favourite (walnut and goat’s cheese salad), I opted for the crab, crushed avocado and crème fraiche salad as a lighter option. Fresh and cool, it was the perfect lighter start before the best bit began: the châteaubriand.
Cooked to your preference, châteaubriand comes with plenty of roast vegetables – including Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese, honey-roast parsnips and fresh veggies. Unfortunately, being gluten free, the Yorkshires, cauliflower cheese and gravy are out, but there’s plenty of choice to fill up your plate.
Be warned, it is hugely filling, so make sure to save room for the dessert… I didn’t, which means I missed out on one of the highlights of the Phoenix. Their desserts are by far the best part, and the seasonal menu means it’s full of cheesecake and Eton mess and summer pudding. It’s a fair old glut of deliciousness.
I had to make do this time with a cup of tea (loose leaf and divine!) but I will certainly be going back to sample the dessert menu.
The Phoenix Inn is one of my favourite places in the world, and if you’re ever in that part of Hampshire, I recommend it wholeheartedly. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the tables far enough apart to get some privacy, but with a constant buzz to make it feel like an exciting place to be. There are themed nights most nights of the week, so check out the website to pick your perfect night.