I'm always on the look out for a good quality pub or restaurant that's family friendly without feeling like I'm in a child themed venue. Word of mouth on the mummy grapevine was that the Turnpike was definitely worth a visit.
My sister and brother in law were visiting at the weekend. It had been raining for hours so we were looking for somewhere with a good sized car park so that we could be sure of a short dash into the pub. I decided this would be the ideal opportunity to try out the Turnpike in Yarnton.
Over two hundred years old, this Cotswold Stone pub and restaurant has plenty of rustic charm. Inside the old wood sits comfortably with a variety of areas to sample their mouth watering menu.
Despite being a busy Sunday lunchtime and rocking up without a booking, we were quickly accommodated by a friendly waitress. With a couple of babies and a toddler with us we were given a lovely big table with plenty of room around us and a highchair. We were in early and from the sounds of the lively buzz very lucky to get a table. I'd definitely recommend booking so you're not disappointed.
There's a good selection of drinks on offer and they pride themselves in their regularly changing cask-conditioned ale.
The menu offered lots of delicious options. I chose the Haddock and Chips. Described as a whale of a fish in today's beer batter, I wasn't disappointed. It was certainly large with a lovely crisp batter, chunky tartare sauce and mushy peas. My husband had the herb crusted pork which was quickly polished off and my sister in law enjoyed her traditional roast beef and yorkshire pudding. I taste tested the roast potatoes and they were perfect.
Little people are not left out either and they offer a children's menu with smaller portions of adult meals including sausage and mash, rump steak and BBQ chicken. They have a two course menu for kids including a drink at £6.95.
Our meal for 4 adults including drinks came to £46 which I thought was really good value for great food and a lovely atmosphere. While snooping around the bar I noticed that they had a very lovely chocolate cake. This would also be a good place to come for coffee and cake outside the lunch or dinner rush.
Outside is a sizeable beer garden. The weather was not ideal on the day I visited but I'll definitely be back to try it out in the spring.