The Whitchurch (formerly The Cartwheel) is a community-focused, independently owned pub. Don’t be fooled by the concept of pub grub here, as every dish is thoughtfully crafted. Even the humble burger is served beautifully on a fresh brioche bun, topped with crisp baby gem lettuce, and diners are given the option to substitute chips for healthier sweet potato fries.
With a menu that effortlessly switches between rustic bar classics such as steak and Ruddles ale pie and more delicate dishes like the stunning moules frites, The Whitchurch can cater for all tastes. We headed down for a relaxed Sunday lunch and began with starters of juicy garlic mushrooms and crispy chicken strips, followed by a delicious roast dinner featuring slow-roasted silverside of beef served with stuffi ng, veg and a fat Yorkshire pudding. My companion enjoyed the butternut squash Wellington roast dinner, and you’ll fi nd that The Whitchurch has plenty of veggie options across the board. Don’t even try to resist dessert – why would you with the likes of cherry and apple crumble and chocolate fudge cake with clotted cream ice cream on offer?
The Whitchurch has a distinctly chilled out vibe with a really warm ambience – the staff are welcoming and the decor tasteful and comfortable – making it the perfect place for special occasions or post-work drinks. There are two beer gardens to make use of in the summer, a great children’s menu and an outdoor play area to keep young ones occupied while you ponder the extensive range of real ale.