Birthday lunch at The Birch, Woburn

The Birch, Woburn, Gin
We are so lucky where we live, as we are blessed with some really lovely pubs and restaurants – and so many within a 10-15 minute drive. I went to The Birch for my mamas’ Christmas meal last month and was really impressed... I kinda wish I had blogged about it then (the crispy skin sea bass was to die for, btw). But after meeting my lovely work friend for tea and cake at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands, Ash decided to treat me to a birthday lunch – and I chose to return to The Birch.

Being a Thursday lunchtime, it wasn’t as busy at it would normally be and certainly not on the scale of the Christmas parties either. We went straight to the bar and decided to sit there, rather than in the restaurant – it seemed more Alfie-friendly and we were the only ones sitting on the far side. We got a table in the window, Alfie and I sat on the bench together, while Ash sat in a dining chair. Of course, we had to keep Alfie entertained and it wasn’t long before he had the phone, although signal wasn’t great. Fortunately, the man behind the bar brought over an activity pack with puzzles, colouring, crayons and stickers. He actually enjoyed it too.
The Birch, Woburn, Ciabatta, Sandwich,
Knowing I’d be having a Chinese in the evening and still feeling suitable full from the large slice of hazelnut latte cake I’d had an hour or so before, we decided to order sandwiches... and we probably could have done with sharing – the ciabattas (served with chips) are huge! We both had Cajun chicken with lettuce and mayo, which was divine. The chicken wasn’t overly spicy, but grilled perfectly so that it was still succulent.
The Birch, Woburn, Fish & Chips, Children's menu,
Alfie had the fish, chips and peas from the children’s menu (for under 10s) and I was expecting fish fingers or goujons. I was totally surprised when the plate arrived to the table – a huge piece of battered cod, a similar size portion of fries to what we had with our sandwich – enough food to feed the three of us! He gave it a good go, eating most of the fish and leaving a lot of the batter, but standard, he didn’t touch the peas!

I also tried a really gorgeous new gin – one I’d never heard of or seen anywhere else. I can’t remember what it was called, or think who the distiller is, but it was a honey gin, accompanied by a Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too sweet and I need to find out what it was as I’d love to have it again!

I’ve now had two meals at The Birch, one lunch and one dinner and it totally doesn’t disappoint. The staff are always so helpful and friendly – more efficient when it’s quieter, but that’s to be expected. It’s great to have a quality pub/restaurant virtually on our doorstep and even better that they have a loyalty scheme too. I think there’s currently a 20% offer on too, but I believe it’s due to end next month.

The Birch is perfect for a date night, groups of friends or families and I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

Love, Lucy xx

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