Monday saw the launch of the new “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme so it seemed silly not to try somewhere new and it doubled up as a birthday treat for two of my family members. We headed to South Ferriby on the main street, keep going almost to the end and turn off, down the narrow bending streets and head for Old School lane, where you will find the hidden gem, The Nelthorpe Arms. They have a huge car park so you’d have no trouble finding a space.
This was the first time I’ve ventured out to a pub or venue since the beginning of the year. I was a bit apprehensive of what the whole experience would be like now. To go out for a meal at the pub with all the current rules and regulations. Just the thought tends to put some people on edge for the fear of stepping into the wrong zone or walking in the wrong direction and being told off.
Anyway, I am pleased to say our visit to The Nelthorpe Arms in South Ferriby was very pleasant. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and it’s changed a lot. The outside looks very inviting and the inside decor has been modernised. The inside of the building has plenty of character with numerous doorways and different rooms at different levels.
We were shown to the restaurant, there was probably around 7 tables, which were all very far apart. We were given a laminated set menu each, which had 4 choices for main courses and 3 desserts to choose from, this is only when visiting Mon, Tues & Weds the rest of the week they have a full menu.
A very friendly young lady came to our table to take our drinks order and I was with a tricky customer who wanted to know what beers they had and what price they all were and she was pretty outstanding at reeling off the list and prices from the top of her head and very polite about it too. You don’t quite realise when you aren’t standing at the bar and staring behind it, you forget what drinks are on offer so that was a big help. You are also asked to provide one phone number for the lead of your group for the Covid track and trace.
A different young girl came to take our food order, she was also very nice and polite. From the 4 choices we opted for Hunters Chicken, Fish & Chips and two of The Moroccan lamb burgers. There was a little bit of a wait on food and by now all the tables in the restaurant were filled with diners but it is all cooked fresh so I didn’t mind the wait. When our food arrived it was piping hot. And instead of chips on our individual plates we were served a huge bowl of triple cooked thick cut homemade chips in the middle of the table. I liked this, because not everyone at the table can eat as many chips as one another so this let you just grab a few and put as many as you liked on your plate.
The hunters chicken wasn’t tight on BBQ sauce and had plenty of flavour. The side of coleslaw was a welcome accompaniment. All the side salads were dressed and fresh.
I went for the Moroccan lamb burger. It was nicely presented, but thinking about it now….I’m not sure what was Moroccan about it. I liked the soft floured bread roll but for my taste the burger was a little dense and harder than I like but it’s personal preference I guess, I just prefer my burger more tender and juicy.
Another member of my family got the fish and chips, she enjoyed it that much she had already started eating it before I got chance to take a photo. The batter was thin and crispy, the fish was flakey and moist. You got a huge serving of mushy peas in a square dish on the plate and obviously you could serve yourself as much chips from the middle of the table as you wanted.
For me the pudding was the star of the show. I love a decent cheesecake and this was definitely decent. It had a nice thick biscuit base and an even thicker layer for the cream part, with the added flavour of the fruit compote dotted around the plate it was tasty!
The chocolate brownie was just the right size really, it was rich so you wouldn’t have needed anymore and it was warm with a good consistency. It came with a choice of ice cream, cream or custard.
All in all, everyone enjoyed their visit and the staff really were brilliant and all very friendly and happy. They would put anyone at ease. It was a relaxed and calm atmosphere not overly busy with a lot of stress. So if you are looking to eat out at a local village pub, try The Nelthorpe Arms in South Ferriby.
Our Rating (Out of 5)
Staff & Service: ★★★ (3 stars due to the long wait, it wasn’t busy and we were waiting for about an hour)
Hygiene & Venue: ★★★★
Value for money with scheme: ★★★★
Value for money normal price: ★★/
Quality & Portion size:★★★ (I’d expect more for my money at normal price)
Overall Dining experience:
The 2 course menu is usually £15 but with the Mon, Tues, Weds scheme it’s only £7.50 per person.
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