I have to admit I am a huge fan of pub food because there’s usually such an array of choice that it’s suitable for even the fussiest of eaters, and usually you get decent food for a really reasonable price. This is one of the reasons I was so excited to head to The Gate in Rickmansworth/ Chorleywood, plus I’d looked at the menu and a lot of great looking things.
First things first unforuntely things weren’t particularly quick at this restaurant, for example although we were acknowledged at the door we did wait over 5 minutes for someone to come over, check out booking and find us a table. The pub didn’t look overly understaffed but I’m hoping this was just isolated to our Thursday evening. There was so much choice not only of food but of drinks with over two pages just dedicated to gin which was music to Luke’s ears as we both love a good gin. I chose a White Chocolate Russian cocktail which was smooth and creamy but perhaps a little more alcoholic tasting than I’d prepared my body for, and Luke went for a lemon drizzle gin which tasted amazing made with a new Sipsmith gin available in M&S which we’ve already been out to buy ourselves. Although again our drinks took a long time to come out and I was parched when they arrived, so much so that I wish I’d ordered a soft drink to down first.
We decided to choose an array of starters including some artisan breads (£5.75) and then I had the Salmon Taco’s (£6.75) and Luke opted for Salt & Szechuan Pepper Squid (£6.95) . My salmon Taco’s were so tasty and everything inside them was so fresh and Luke’s squid was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of batter to squid ratio. The breads were really tasty but I did feel compared to the other starters that it was a little expensive for what you got.
Next up was our main courses which was Wagu Burgers (£16.95) for us both. Now Luke’s had a Wagu Burger before so had high expectations and they did exceed them. The burger itself was juicy and really well seasoned but not too juicy that it became messy to eat which is something that puts me off burgers sometimes. The chips were the perfect thickness as they were light and airy inside but small enough to get that crispy edge but the stand out for my were the crispy onions which were incredibly crunchy.
Despite being a little on the full side I knew we had to have desserts as I’d spotted so many great items on the menu before we had come, although this was the only advantage to each course being so spread out was that our stomaches settled enough before we were able to get a dessert menu.
Luke instantly picked out the brownie (£6.50) which is a pretty safe choice for him but I spent ages debating between about three options finally settling on the Melting Golden Chocolate Orange Bomb (£7.95) and I am so glad that I made that decision. When it came out the waitress poured hot chocolate over the bomb which melted down the sides so it all carmalised and infused together alongside the ice cream centre and popping candy surround. The popping candy was a great addition as it mixed up the texture of the dessert but I have to admit with so much else going on I couldn’t taste the orange in there, but I might have genuinly just missed it.
The food at The Gate was of a very high standard and everything tasted fresh and very tasty with the wagu burger and hot chocolate bomb being the stand out items for me and thankfully the food did make up for the slow service which left us with empty plates in front of us for 10-15 minutes, and spending quite a while waiting for drinks or the bill but as I said before hopefully they were just understaffed that day and we were unlucky.