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FOOD MONSTER: The Woodcocks at Burton Waters

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 08, 2012

The Woodcocks at Burton Waters

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During the beautiful sunny weather we had recently I fancied dining al fresco.

So, with this in mind, myself and my chauffeur/dining partner headed out to The Woodcocks at Burton Waters.

As we pulled up in the substantial car park it was clear to see the venue was extremely popular for a hot Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of wooden tables were scattered around the lovely green lawn, plus more dining arrangements on the decking, providing ample space to soak up the rays.

We were lucky enough to see a table being vacated so we grabbed it before having a look through the menu, which had everything from light bites and wraps to pies, burgers and steaks.

On going in to the pub, which was just as busy as the outside area, to order our drinks we saw the fantastic specials board.

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I don't think I've ever seen so many different dishes listed in addition to the main menu.

Whether it be fish, chicken, vegetarian, salad and meat, all tastes were catered for.

After much deliberation I opted for the courgette skewers filled with goat's cheese risotto and my dining partner went for the salmon and prawn salad.

And here was the best bit – every main meal from either the menu or the specials board was two for one.

Although the pub was absolutely heaving, the staff at the bar dealt with the queue efficiently, having one till to take just drink orders and the other two for food.

And, helpfully, there was a blackboard notice warning patrons there was a 45-minute to one hour wait for food due to the sheer volume of people.

Armed with a white wine spritzer (the true sign that summer has arrived) and rosé wine we returned to our seat to soak in the atmosphere.

Luckily our table had a parasol so we were able to enjoy the heat without the unfortunate sunburn to prove it.

As we were in such lovely surroundings the wait did not seem long at all, and sure enough within one hour our main courses were brought out.

I was pleasantly surprised at the generous portions and the fact the food looked to be of a really good quality.

Being a Marston's Pub Company venue, I must say I wasn't holding out for restaurant-standard fare at this location.

Yet my skewers were delicious, thinly-sliced courgette strips wrapped around a creamy risotto placed on a bed of pilau rice with a side helping of salad.

A jug of tangy tomato sauce added a nice tartness to the smooth texture of the rest of the meal and I ate every last morsel.

My dining partner's salmon and prawn salad was exactly what it said on the tin.

A huge bowl of salad leaves, tomato and cucumber provided the base for a large slab of nicely cooked salmon and an equally generous portion of prawns in a Marie rose sauce.

There were no airs and graces and no delicate nuances of flavour but you definitely got your money's worth and it was another rapidly emptied dish.

Having decided to bypass a starter we felt it was only right to sample something from the dessert menu, although we were already nicely stuffed.

Once again, ordering at the bar was quick and easy and our desserts arrived within ten minutes – a caramel crunchy sundae and a knickerbocker glory.

These towering glasses looked fairly impressive and were just the right end to this summer's day meal.

The sundae was layered with vanilla, chocolate and straciatella ice creams, topped with cream, caramel crunch pieces, chocolate sauce and two chocolate flakes.

Even though I'm not usually a dessert person I polished it all off in a matter of minutes. It had just the right amount of goo without being too sickly.

The knickerbocker came in the trademark tall glass filled with raspberry jelly, vanilla and strawberry ice creams, cream, raspberry sauce, a chocolate flake and a sugar curl wafer.

This too rapidly disappeared. These good old-fashioned treats were bringing back happy childhood memories.

After enjoying what turned into a two-and-a-half hour lunch, we ambled back to the car, whacked the air conditioning on and cranked up the summer tunes.

I will definitely be returning to The Woodcocks.

It is an ideal spot to enjoy whatever brief good weather we may get this year.

THE FOOD: Courgette skewers £10.25, salmon and prawn salad £9.25 (free on two for one deal), caramel crunchy sundae £3.85, knickerbocker glory £3.85, white wine spritzer £4.25, large glass Zinfandel rose £4.50.

TOTAL: £26.70.

FINAL VERDICT: A great spot to enjoy the sun with tasty, generous portions.

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  • annajadewych  |  June 11 2012, 9:23AM

    I think anyone who has dined at Woodcocks in the past or any other Marston establishment is fully aware that their food is frozen, reheated and/or microwaved. I am disappointed that your critic isn't promoting independent restaurants and pubs with real chef's, who use local produce, but glorifying the basic pub food of a national chain. No doubt Woodcocks is ok if you're looking for a value for money family restaurant but I feel the praise it has recieved here is unjust and an article wasted on a company clearly not in need of the advertisement.

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  June 08 2012, 9:23PM

    Woodcocks isn't at Burton Waters, It's Burton Lane End and has been there many many years before Burton Waters turned up.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 08 2012, 7:41PM

    For various reasons, I hadn't been for a number of years but used to rate it highly. I went last Saturday, however, for lunch with my family. We were thoroughly disappointed with the menu, which looked like bland, dull food. We ended up just ordering ham and BBQ chicken cheese melts for the sake of eating something, with chips and garlic bread. Starting with the garlic bread before it went cold, we found we were already too late. The warning signs should have been obvious, however, as the cheese in the melts hadn't. They were lukewarm and limp, the chicken actually cold, while the 'lightly dressed' salad garnish was floating on a puddle of oil. Mercifully the chips were hot as one portion had to satisfy all of us. Waiting staff were not particularly bothered about putting right the disappointment, just providing my children's second drinks free, but I was told as I paid the bill that the same chef was responsible for the garlic bread and the melts. This confirmed for me that there was a clear and identifiable problem. Your critic and companion must have been very lucky, grabbing the only available table on a busy day, then going to order drinks and food from separate tills, only to find it still vacant on their return. Still, when you drag a single drink out for 2 1/2 hours, while occupying a table big enough for three times as many people, and all on a very busy day, you must be exactly the kind of customer Woodcocks wants to keep coming back. It wan't busy the day I went, just poor.

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  • Lincoln_Lad1  |  June 08 2012, 4:51PM

    I haven't been here for around 4 years as every time I went, it was very poor in terms of quality of food and quality of service. Based on this review I will try it again. These reviews help attract custom to these places which can only be a good thing for these local places.

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