The Guildford Arms, on West Register Street, is a popular post-work watering hole with my colleagues. We occasionally avail ourselves of their food menu, too, which offers a broad range of pub grub favourites.
We were a party of around 15, today, so popped upstairs to their Gallery restaurant, from which you can gain impressive views over the traditional bar setting, and an up-close perspective on the beautiful ceiling.
Today’s selection offered a choice of soups. I opted for leek and potato over mushroom. For main course, there was a choice of sausages, from which I opted for Innis & Gunn infused chaps over a traditional Cumberland variety.
Service was brisk and friendly, throughout, with my soup appearing quickly. It proved to be very tasty, with a good rustic texture. It was very nicely seasoned, too, making it an enjoyable start to proceedings.
The main course sausages weren’t quite so good. The mash and gravy were decent, but the sausages didn’t present much evidence of having been beer infused. They were fair enough, but Innis & Gunn’s a beer that’s full of depth and character, so it was strange to find the sausages so curiously bereft of its influence.
So overall, the Guildford Arms proved itself a solid place for pub grub fare. Their soup was the highlight, today, and very tasty it was. Their selection of ales is impressive, so it’s more of a place for a few beers, than somewhere I’d regularly visit for food, but when hunger strikes, they have a decent selection of dishes from which to choose.
Blythe scores the Guildford Arms
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s questers were: Blythe, work colleagues
I ate: leek and potato soup; Innis & Gunn sausages and mash
I drank: billabong ale
Total bill: c.£14 for food