Superb Steak: Close to Home
For Amanda’s 40th birthday, the family meal was booked at the Hope & Anchor pub in South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire. If there was ever an example of a ‘Phoenix from the flames’ this place must be it. For years it was an average pub in an average place, more known for the cement works and for being a ‘rat run’ between Scunthorpe and the Humber Bridge. Then in 2013, most of South Ferriby, including the pub, was swamped by a tidal surge. Colin McGurran, the Winteringham Fields owner and TV chef, took on the £500,000 renovation project, with a vision to bring the pub back to being the focal point of the village and something to be proud of.
All I can say is “JOB DONE”! What a fantastic place…if only it was located within walking distance of our home.
The bar is welcoming and, although not overly large, offers relaxed seating, real fires and a great choice of bar snacks, real ale, cocktails and wine. The restaurant, set at the back of the property, overlooks the Humber estuary. The highlight of the menu is the Grill section, where the focus on quality ingredients and cooking methods is obvious. They have a Josper oven, which runs solely on charcoal, along with a MaturMeat fridge from Italy (the first in the UK). The fridge is cleverly positioned between the restaurant and kitchen, displaying their great cuts of meat as they age from 20 to 40 days.
Amanda and I both had a Black Pudding Scotch Egg for our starter, with a 220g Fillet Steak each for our main course. The starter, made with a quail’s egg, was beautifully rich and flavoursome. The steaks were cooked to perfection, as all steaks should be eaten in our opinion…medium rare. An excellent steak (and burger for that matter) is surprisingly hard to find in the UK outside of the big cities and fine fining establishments. However, the steaks at the Hope & Anchor are right up there, definitely worth the price and the drive if you do not live in the area. Simply superb!
We celebrated Amanda’s birthday in the traditional Wright family style, with a rowdy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Hip Hip Hurrah’ and ‘For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow’. There was nobody in the place that didn’t know what we were celebrating by the time the singing (???) subsided.
Happy birthday darling…not long now until our big trip of 2016!!!