Bank Holiday Monday at The Woburn

half a boneless chicken with harissa mayo, pot of fries, tomatoes and rocket

Throwing it back to the beginning of the month now and the first of the Bank Holidays. After enjoying a walk around Woburn deer park the week before and stopping off for a drink at The Woburn before heading home (and the heavens opened), we decided to book a table for lunch. Mum joined us, and she hadn’t been to Woburn before – so we did another little walk through the park and then through the village after the meal.

The Woburn is a pub, restaurant, and hotel, with bedrooms upstairs as well as a collection of seven cute cottages on the lovely courtyard. They all have private seating outside them, so perfect for enjoying the warm weather with a drink from the bar. The pub is also an Oakman Inn, part of the Oakman Group. Having dined at The Akeman (Tring), The Anchor (Hullbridge), The Betsey Wynne (Swanbourne) and The Three Locks (Stoke Hammond) before, I had high hopes, but knew the menu – and food – would be good.

When I made the reservation, I requested indoor seating, as I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like. As nice as the courtyard is, I didn’t fancy risking it. But there’s plenty of seating inside – from the Tavistock bar to the cosy lounges and the restaurant, in front of the open kitchen (and that’s where we sat).

wood-fired salami pizza, shaped to look like a bunny face

Alfie had a children’s menu, with crayons and actually did (and enjoyed doing!) the activities and colouring. The menu is priced at £10 for three courses – although all items are priced individually as well, for smaller tums (or those whose eyes aren’t bigger than their bellies). He began with garlic bread, before having the biggest salami pizza (which actually arrived at the table sans-salami, so we sent it back) and finishing with two scoops of chocolate ice cream with spiced toffee sauce.

Mum and I both opted for the pollo picante from the grills section – half a boneless chicken in a picante marinade, with fries, harissa mayo, marinated tomatoes, and rocket. It was delicious – the chicken grilled perfectly, with a little smokiness from the char and not at all dry. All the sides complemented the dish well. I just wish there was more mayo – and maybe I should have asked for more!

Big portion of coq au vin with mash in a cast iron pot

Ash had the coq au vin from the specials board. It looked tasty and homely – and served in an iron pot. He said it was nice, but very filling… so much so he couldn’t fit a dessert in. He ordered a coffee instead.

Baked blueberry cheesecake with blueberry compote and creme fraiche

Of course, I managed a dessert – and there was only one option, in my mind: the baked blueberry cheesecake. I think my love of cheesecake is well documented, and nothing beats a baked one (other than burnt Basque cheesecake, which is elite), so I was really looking forward to it… and I think I demolished it in three bites!

Other than Alfie’s pizza being wrong, the service was good and our waitress (I think she was called Marilyn) was friendly and efficient. The only negative was being near the open kitchen, we heard a couple of arguments which was just a bit awkward.

The Woburn serves breakfast and brunch, so maybe we’ll try that one weekend as a treat. The afternoon tea (served at set times on Friday-Sunday) also sounds yummy… I love an afternoon tea, too!

Love, Lucy xx

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