Restaurant review: The Raglan Pub and Kitchen, WokinghamBy Lucy Allen
April 20, 2012
Last time I visited the then Lord Raglan pub in Wokingham it was a fairly ordinary place, with neutral decor and music a bit too loud.
Now re-branded as The Raglan Pub and Kitchen, things are different.
With bold wallpaper, velvet upholstery and tinkling chandeliers, the effect is of a modern country house dinner party.
That is taken to extremes in the new private dining room to the left as you walk in.
Wallpapered with floor-to-ceiling books and known as The Library, this room can be hired out for meetings or small gatherings and has a curtain to separate it from prying eyes.
On one wall there is a TV screen that can be used for presentations and in the middle is a dining table to seat eight.
As the sun was shining, we opted to sit in the pretty courtyard garden, which is also decorated with a chandelier and fairy lights that twinkle in the evenings.
The Raglan changes its menu each month, although firm favourites tend to stay put.
I opted for the battered plaice and chips (£8.45), which were served with a good tartare sauce and my request of garden peas rather than mushy ones. The plaice made a nice change from the cod you normally see on pub menus and the chips were proper pub chips.
My friend went for the rump steak, nicely cooked with a delicious garlic butter and chips (£12.95).
All the puddings were tempting but I opted for vanilla ice cream served in a crunchy brandy snap basket with chocolate sauce (£4.95) and my friend had a chocolate brownie with ice cream (£4.95).
Both puddings were lovely but we could not finish them – our own fault for ordering big main courses!
The April menu has a good range of dishes, with starters including duck and orange pate, and calamari, and mains including a range of burgers to suit all tastes.
At lunchtime there are also sandwiches, wraps, jacket potatoes and nachos for those who want a lighter lunch, and in the evening there are nibbles of the vegetarian and meaty variety.
The Raglan will take phone orders for lunch if people want it to be ready when they get there.
So whether you want a quick lunch for two or a private meeting room for eight, it’s out with the old and in with the new at this pub in Denmark Street.
- Telephone: 0118 978 0455
- Website: www.greatlittlepub.co.uk/
The Raglan Pub and Kitchen, Denmark Street, Wokingham