I’ve often lamented about the state of modern pub food and how I would love to go for a pub lunch and be offered a menu full of straight forward, honest, pub grub.  The rise of gastro pubs,  pubs that strive to deliver high end restaurant food and of course the increase in chain pubs has made it increasingly difficult to find a traditional pub serving traditional food.   Whilst pubs used to serve ploughman’s lunches, home made pies,  pickled eggs and pork scratchings, these days pubs tend to present a staggering menu that tends to consist of burgers, curries, pasta and whatever fits in the microwave.  My cry has been to enjoy a pub lunch that hasn’t been heated up in the microwave or to order a sandwich that contains a quality filling.

After heading off to Kent to do some filming with BBC’s Country File I was delighted to find a pub situated on a village green. The Good Intent on the Green at Maidstone was a traditional delight. The menu was simple and reasonably priced. It offered friendly service and straightforward well executed meals.  Their menu offered traditional pub classics including home made pie, fish and chips, ploughman’s lunch and a good selection of sandwiches and baguettes.  It was a hot day so my husband and I opted for a baguette each and a side order of chips between us. When the baguettes arrived there was a good side salad and the baguettes themselves were hot, crusty and brimming with filling. At just over £6 each they were excellent value and the fillings were fresh and good quality. With not a hint of brown lettuce nor balsamic vinegar to be seen anywhere, I thoroughly enjoyed my pub lunch.

IMAGIt was nice to see the pub busy and that they had a good local trade and if I am passing this way again I would love to sample their evening meals.  It was a traditional pub that did not offer fancy interior design, multiple menus, meal deals or an assortment of cocktails, instead it offered good food at good prices and efficient, friendly service.   I would love to see more pubs offering simple fare, well done, though I am sure there are those who enjoy a greasy brioche bun filled with ‘pulled oyster mushrooms, hoi sin sauce and  sickly caramelised onion chutney’ which is what I got to sample at a chain outlet the evening before and I can safely say I was not impressed by.  Good on you, The Good Intent and keep up the good work!

My filming with BBC Country file went well and it will air in October half term. The crew were a delight to work with and I had great fun filming and though I am sworn to secrecy until the release of the episode next month, I can say that I was donning my Edwardian costume and was armed with a very large jam pan.  It was a very long drive, but it was great fun to be involved with  and though I never like watching myself on television I will probably tune in to see how it looked from the outside perspective.

Well, I am now working on a series of other manuscripts and my commercial kitchen is being fitted this week, so plenty to be getting on with, so it’s time for a quick coffee break and then I shall be tapping away at the laptop.


So until next time I wish you a fond farewell from a rather cold and windy Mid Wales.