Cavernous yet cosy with its open fires, separate book-lined rooms and lots of leather sofas, wood panelling, stained glass, pot plants and pictures from days of yore, The Metropolitan manages to multitask quiet pint, glass or two with the girls and full-on family day out.
Sunday roasts are popular, with quite the choice. For meat eaters, there’s topside beef, lamb rump, pork with crackling or rosemary and lemon roasted chicken, or a trio of beef, lamb and pork; for non-meat eaters, there’s vegan mixed nut roast or veggie baked aubergine with lentil, blue cheese, cranberry and toasted hazelnut casserole. There’s also a catch of the day fish special, so there really is something for everyone. Running alongside are some of the “Met Classics”, including a 28-day aged chargrilled beef burger on brioche, Beyond Meat vegan burger, Frosty’s bangers and posh mash, seafood pie and two girths of beer-battered cod and chips. The separate pizza kitchen knocks out old favourites with a slight twist and rebrand, named after nearby streets: The Northen teams barbeque pulled pork, sun-blushed tomatoes and mozzarella; The Leopold puts wild mushrooms, caramelised red onion, truffle oil and buffalo mozzarella on a garlic base. On non Sundays, mains on offer include the likes of duck breast with thyme fondant potato and burnt orange sauce, salmon fillet with butternut squash and courgette spaghetti, and Frosty’s chargrilled 8oz rump steak or 10oz pork chop.
Sticky toffee pudding and warm chocolate brownies, ice cream selections and cheeseboard are all pub classics; the pub vibe continues with real ale and a big beer garden.
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