Sundays at this time of year are made for lie ins and pyjamas and movies and relaxation, but I don’t usually get to do any of that usually because I’m either travelling, busy writing up posts or catching up on housework (urgh). Last Sunday, however, N and I decided to treat ourselves to an afternoon off and head out for a late Sunday lunch at Worzals Bar and Grill.
From the outside it’s pretty and inviting with fairy lights and wooden cladding.
On the inside it’s filled with chunky wooden beams, oversized clocks and copper accessories which give it a homely country feel. I enjoy visiting places like this with a bit of character so that you can look around and pick up on extra little details whilst you’re eating.
The staff were friendly and showed us straight to a table. I was impressed when I saw that there was a comprehensive cocktail menu (16 pages in total!) because this is rare when you live out in the sticks. Usually you get a few token offerings but this had all my favourites and then some!
I’d been planning to ask for an Appletiser but as the waitress took our order somehow the word that came out was ‘Bellini’. Oops!
It was a strawberry Bellini, and it was luscious.
We skipped starters and went straight on to ordering mains. (We’d already sneaked a look at the dessert menu and had our eye on a couple of them.) I ordered a hot dog, mainly because there was an option for sweet potato fries on the side.
“Really? Are you sure you’re going to be able to eat all of that?” asked Neil, who’s used to me picking the lightest, healthiest options on the menu.
“Of course I will, it’s only a hot dog!” I said confidently.
It turns out he was far more clued in on what a ‘top dog’ would be than I was. My jaw dropped when the most humongous plate of food was set down in front of me. Giant onion rings, lashings of sauces, the biggest bread roll I’ve ever seen and a foot long hot dog…
…oh and a ginormous pile of crunchy sweet potato fries too!
I actually made a valiant effort of eating it but left the bread roll which would have been far too filling for me. The sausage was delicious and slightly spicy and the sweet potato fries were beautifully crispy. I can’t really say much more other than that it was also covered in garlic mayonnaise, cheddar cheese and sticky barbecue sauce – what’s not to love? Proper comfort food!
N’s main seemed rather sensible in comparison: a traditional beef sunday roast with yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. He dived straight it before I got a chance to take a picture, so you’ll have to take my word for it. He enjoyed it and that’s the main thing!
Although we both ate far more than we’d originally planned, we couldn’t resist trying a dessert too.
I chose Lemon Panna Cotta with Homemade Shortbread. The panna cotta itself was gorgeous – a creamy texture but with the flavour of a lemon meringue pie. The shortbread added a bit of crunch and I polished off the lot without a hint of guilt.
N went for the Rocky Road Waffle. It wasn’t the most elegant of desserts, it’s the kind that you choose because you want to be really naughty and it has all of your favourite sweets on it: Maltesers, Oreo biscuits, Flake, M&Ms… the list goes on!
Overall we really enjoyed our trip. It’s not the sort of place to go for a gourmet experience, but for a relaxed Sunday afternoon of hearty, homecooked style food sourced from fresh local produce it’s a winner!
Worzals Bar & Grill
Opening Times: Mon-Sat. 9am-9pm Sun. 10am-8pm
Address: Lynn Road, Walton Highway, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 7DA