I've been trying to visit Town Hall Tavern for a while but things seemed to conspire against it. A Christmas party booked in, a coach trip had just turned up, not being open on a Sunday. It became a bit of a running joke between me and the missus that we could never get a table at this run of the mill Gastropub, until last night.
The menu features all the usual high end pub grub staples, but it's the pick and mix section which I want to talk about as it's such a great idea. £2ish tasty morsel that can be ordered on their own, as a starter, or as Tapas or bar snacks. We had a crispy hens egg, a pork cheek scotch egg and some crispy pigs ears.
The crispy hens egg is a simple yet satisfying beast. A soft boiled hens egg coated in breadcrumbs, deep fried until hot and crispy with a warm but runny yolk. It even came with a few super crunchy slithers of bacon, which is a nice touch. Pretty damn good but not a patch on the pigs cheek scotch egg which was a bundle of slow cooked, moist pork cheek wrapped around a soft boiled Quail's egg. Hot and crispy on the outside too - Probably the best scotch egg I've ever eaten.
The crispy pig's ears weren't quite what I expected as they were coated in breadcrumbs rather than being a normal pork scratching type affair. Good, but a bit odd.
I washed these down with a few pints of Timothy Taylor Ram Tam, which tastes like a slightly darker, sweeter, more caramel laced Landlord, which is essentially what it is. Town Hall Tavern is a Timmy Taylor's pub so they had Landlord, Best, and Ram Tam on when I popped in as well as a small choice of bottles (Flying Dog Pale Ale was the most interesting I spotted but personally, I'd stick to the cask).
We also had mains: Colette's scampi was awesome but my flat Iron steak was a bit bland. The Ram Tam chocolate brownie though, with Salted caramel ice cream and malt milk sorbet no less, was really very good, and a no effort match with my pint of Ram Tam. Much to Colette's annoyance as it was her dessert...
Good food, excellent bar snacks, and a handful of well kept, tasty beer.
I'll be back.