Food Monster: Straightforward, inexpensive and tasty – take a seat at Table Table
This week my dining partner and I decided to travel a little further afield and discover what Newark has to offer in the culinary department.
With a busy Saturday filled with gardening, visiting friends and shopping, we decided to stop for a well-deserved sit down and chat over a nice meal.
However, apparently we had picked an awkward time to eat as so many restaurants were closed between 3pm and 5pm. We almost gave up when my companion promised that "good pub grub" was nearby.
So we packed up the car with stomachs grumbling just as the heavens opened and clambered inside Table Table, which is next door to the Premier Inn – so parking is pretty much guaranteed.
We were greeted upon arrival and shown to our table by a smiling and very friendly manager. He explained to us that it was table service and showed us both the specials and main menu before introducing us to our waitress.
Lottie was assigned to "look after us" and was as equally, if not more, friendly. She recommended a refillable drink to my very thirsty companion and was as patient as a saint as we took an age poring over the very varied menu.
In the end we opted for a sharing nachos platter to start. The dish came piping hot with crunchy nachos accompanied with sour crème, guacamole and salsa and lots of melted cheese on top. We both tucked in and enjoyed the mixture of salty nachos with the spice of the salsa and cooling sour crème.
Not a crumb was left in the bowl and only a few moments later it was whisked away and a refilled lemonade was brought to the table.
The restaurant is quite large, the tables are nicely spaced out and it has a nice feel to it. It is a traditional pub and is very family friendly.
Looking around at the other diners, it seemed they cater for everyone. To our left was a family celebrating successful exam results, an older couple sat behind us, lone businessmen nursing a pint and burger were dotted around and a young family with small children sat to our right.
We were pleased that the children were keeping themselves entertained with colouring-in activities provided by the restaurant and weren't running wild.
For our main meals I opted for a chicken bacon and cheese burger. The chicken was grilled to near perfection and, as requested, came without tomato and red onions. The fries were thinly cut and crispy. I ate every scrap.
My partner finally decided to go for the grilled chicken breast with a jacket potato and side salad. The menu states you can double up your burger for an added cost so he asked Lottie if he could double up his chicken breast. She told us she would ask.
His meal arrived "doubled up" and piping hot.
The jacket potato was soft and the chicken was juicy. The side salad was crisp and fresh, drizzled with balsamic vinegar which added a nice, sharp contrast.
Lottie returned, cleaned away our empty plates and asked the all-important question "would you like to see the dessert menu?".
We had already seen a family celebrating exam success tucking into their generous portions of delicious-looking desserts and our minds were already made up.
As a newly-discovered cheesecake lover I knew the raspberry cheesecake was the only serious choice for me. My usually non-sweet toothed partner couldn't resist the chocolate brownie accompanied by vanilla ice cream.
We weren't kept waiting long and when the desserts arrived, they did not disappoint.
The cheesecake came with a small jug of double cream – my absolute favourite. I drowned the plate with the cream and dove right in. The raspberry was not too tart and the base just crumbled away.
The brownie was "layers of chocolate heaven" – so my partner said.
The ice cream was creamy and smooth and the brownie was soft and chewy.
All in all, this meal certainly hit the spot. The service was fantastic, the food was tasty and portion sizes were generous. Three courses for under £40 seemed fair enough to me.