The Prince Albert
The hook on which this pub hangs its culinary hat is deceptively simple, and relies on the quality and freshness of the ingredients. Recently, the Tesella Rok style of dining has been introduced and enthusiastically embraced by the staff and regulars, as well as those who travel for the experience. With the Rok, you cook your own food - just the way you like it. A rock is delivered to your table at the temperature of 440 degrees centigrade, having been heated in a specially equipped kitchen. After scouring the menu I chose a rump steak, while my guest chose pork. As soon my locally sourced, organic meat hit the slab it sizzled in spectacular fashion. Even the meatiest of steaks will be quickly seared on the granite block, such is the heat it produces. Furthermore, the rock is versatile; I chargrilled my vegetables alongside the meat, capturing every last drop of the tasty juices. Because the rock stays hot enough to cook on for up to 45 minutes, it really is fun to discover and experiment with how you like your meat to be cooked. The menu also includes fish (to be ordered in advance to ensure absolute freshness) and chicken, as well as pork, beef and vegetarian options, including tasty Portobello mushrooms. With such a multitude of produce to choose from, the cooking possibilities are near endless.
Not many pubs can say that they put the fun back into dining, but The Prince Albert is more than worthy of making such claims. We had a great time. Rok on, indeed.