Having heard good things about the Riverside Bar & Kitchen in Farndon, we decided to head down there for a drink and bite to eat to try it out. When we first arrived it was very warm indoors so we ordered our drinks and headed outside to the patio area at the rear of the pub. There is another outdoor seating area to the front of the building, with views of the River Trent, which is nice if you want to sit and watch the boats go by to and from the nearby Marina.
Typical of the great British summer weather, it soon started to rain, so we headed back inside and chose to sit in the restaurant and order some food.
We had a good look at the Summer menu, which had a great selection of dishes: starters, tapas-style small plates, mains, sandwiches, chargrills and burgers, as well as an Early Bird menu which they serve Monday-Friday afternoons.
Deciding to go for a lighter meal, I opted for the Cajun Chicken burger which came with a side of chips and fresh coleslaw. A light option it was not!! It was huge. The chicken was beautifully cooked – tender and juicy – served on a Brioche bun with a slice of Emmental cheese, tomato chutney and pesto mayonnaise. The chips were fresh, hand-cut, like proper chip-shop chips – naughty, but so nice!! The coleslaw was tasty – with the added extras of red cabbage and fennel seeds.
Stuart chose the Pub Battered Cod with chips and fresh mushy peas. I have to say, it looked lovely! The fish had a really light, almost tempura-like batter, which looked great – I’m not a huge fan of battered fish because the batter is usually too heavy and greasy looking for me, but I would happily order that fish. The tartare sauce was amazing! It was freshly made and had huge chunks of chopped cournichons and capers and was really fresh and creamy. Definitely the best tartare sauce I’ve ever tasted.
We didn’t order wine with our meals, as we just topped up the cider that we had ordered when we first arrived. For the Fruit Cider drinkers out there, there was a decent choice. I prefer a standard dry cider, but Stuart tried the Kiwi and Lime ‘Old Mout Cider’ – a brand I have not seen before, but he enjoyed it enough to order another! Other flavours they stocked in this range were Passionfruit & Apple, Summer Fruits and Pomegranate & Strawberry – all too sweet for me, but a bit different to the usual offerings, which they also stocked.
As we had only really planned to have a ‘light’ meal, neither of us opted for a dessert, but seeing other people’s orders, their desserts look amazing!!
I am told that the Riverside also serve a very good Sunday lunch, which is big enough to satisfy most healthy appetites.
It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for nicely presented, tasty food in comfortable surroundings. We will certainly go back to try the tapas and desserts!