you may gather from the name that this pub is something of a “gastro-” one. the menu is embelished with less than common ingredients and combinations such as salsify chips and rhubarb compote, and i was salivating at the sight of beetroot and apple crumble on their website.
IRL the q&a wasn’t feeling as adventurous and i had to settle for pear and apple. same approach as smithfield, crumble packed into a terracota dish (which i believe might be called a cazuela but i could be wrong) in an attempt to “poshify” it. thing is, crumble ain’t posh, it’s an old fashioned pud which isn’t supposed to look neat and pretty. though i must admit, the little jug of custard on the side did.
the fruit was well-cooked and perfectly tart, with good constrast between the softer, sweeter pear and the tangier apple. the topping was more crunch than crumble (too much sugar) but the custard did taste as good as it looked: flecked with vanilla seeds and realistically pale.
marks down for small portion size and not enough room for mixing all three components together, so: