Restaurant review: The Lord RaglanBy Jon Nurse
December 05, 2012
Sometimes, all you need for a great evening meal out is the simple things to be done well.
We are privileged to have restaurants offering exotic dishes from around the world on our doorstep, but there is still a charm to the Great British pub menu.
After a long day’s work, I rested my weary legs at The Raglan Pub and Kitchen in Wokingham and found exactly the spread and setting I needed.
The Denmark Street spot has undergone quite a major change in the last couple of years and its latest decor is stylish and chic.
The feel is fresh and new, with a couple of quirky additions to pack in some extra character.
Its menu, while not overflowing with options, has everything you’d want from a trusted pub and centres around a strong list of gourmet burgers.
Of course our 21st century world is packed with a spectrum of burgers ranging from convenience to excellence, with your pre-football greasy slab at one end and five-star scorchers at the other.
Gourmet burger restaurants have begun to pop up all over the place – the Handmade Burger Co is soon to be opening its doors in Reading.
In Wokingham, The Raglan takes pride in its selection, with more than a dozen to peruse.
I went for the Welsh Burger (£9.45) – a minted lamb burger with crispy bacon, chilli, and cracked black pepper soured cream. The lamb was complemented with a hint of lime and packed enough spice to keep turning me to my drink.
The accompanying portion of chips was sufficient to fill me and was paired with a top tartare sauce.
My friend opted for the American Burger (£9.45) and was equally impressed.
Sticking with a more traditional format, the American boasts a beef or chicken burger, American mustard, gherkins, onion rings and cheddar.
We topped it off with a side of onion rings, a satisfying and surprisingly super-sized choice. They must have come from an almighty onion, and the one side to share was ample.
A lot of thought and variety has gone into the range.
The Nacho Burger (£9.45) comes with soured cream, guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips and cheddar, while the Italian Burger (£10.45) is filled with a tomato and basil sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella and rocket.
This venue has been greatly boosted with its new design and I enjoyed the eclectic and soft soundtrack that played over the meal.
Food is available from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9.30pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm Friday and Saturday, plus midday to 6pm on Sunday.
My friend and I finished with some panna cotta, raspberry and white chocolate Mövenpick ice cream with raspberry sorbet (£4.95) and watched the poker faces of a group that had come in to spend the evening playing cards.
The Raglan has specialised and mastered a pub classic. It’s a simple choice, but a simple choice done well.
- Telephone: 0118 9780455
- Website: www.greatlittlepub.co.uk
- Address: The Lord Raglan
30 Denmark Street,