Chain restaurants don’t generally have a good reputation and finding a pub chain serving good food is less likely than finding a bottle of Evian at a Greenpeace meeting!
However, we think we have found one of the country’s best kept secrets. I’d been regularly visiting The Harrow Inn in Warlingham for over a year, fully under the impression that Auntie Mavis was in the kitchen cooking my delicious pies and puddings.
It turns out however, that it is part of the 200 strong Vintage Inns chain. All of the pubs are situated out of town in more rural locations and they all serve the same great quality food at an excellent price. However, each pub has been chosen for its individual character, charm and cosiness and having visited a number of them now, you would never know you were in a pub chain unless you were told.
The menu is based around traditional English classics including pies, steaks and roasts as well as some great starters and really homely desserts. My recommendation would be to start with some breaded mushrooms, have the creamiest and most hearty chicken and ham pie for mains and finish with the Eve’s pudding (a sort of Apple crumble cake!). Additionally, they have a very good wine list focussing on the ‘New World’ and the management are always friendly.
Cuisine type: British
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £30
Beers/small wine: £3
For your nearest venue visit: www.mbplc.com/vintageinns/index.htm