Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you already know that today is Pancake Day and of course I’m celebrating with a post about pancakes. To celebrate one of the best days of the year, I thought I’d share my thoughts on The Guardhouse. According to the staff, The Guardhouse on No 1 Street in Royal Arsenal is about 2 years old. Yet, I knew nothing of its existence even though I can look out of my window and see the place.
Discovering this gem of a place was by pure accident. I’d arranged to take blog photos with a friend. We stumbled upon the restaurant when trying to find a pretty backdrop. After shooting for an hour with constant interruptions by people trying to get to the venue, we decide to go to see what the fuss was about. We were welcomed by was a cosy little well-decorated pub, well-lit thanks to floor to ceiling windows. I say pub because it’s unlike any pub I’ve seen before it had an extensive menu of food and cocktails.
Although we arrived at the restaurant when the sun was setting and a better meal of choice would perhaps have been the Angus Sirloin Steak with triple cooked chips, watercress & bernaise sauce. We were typical bloggers and chose the Buttermilk Chicken Pancakes with pickled blueberries, maple syrup. Pancakes are definitely not just for breakfast. When the waitress arrived with two pancakes and tiny pieces chicken, the Instagram hashtag #expectationvsreality came to mind.
What consoled me in the situation though, was the fact that the pancakes were featured in starters section. Though they weren’t very filling, they were very tasty. However, at £8.50 per plate, I probably wouldn’t be revisiting for another serving. I was just glad to have discovered this new place. Especially on nights where I just cannot be bothered to cook.
It’s a great venue with so much potential, it’s a shame though that the staff there don’t work with passion. After my first visit where I ordered pancake, I revisited this time with my family in tow. The slow service, horrible food left a bad taste in my mouth. Considering how much I’d raved about it to family and friends that also lived nearby, everyone went in with high expectations. My mouth watered at the thought of a Sunday roast. Described on the menu as free range whole roast corn fed chicken served with roast potatoes, seasonal veg, Yorkshire pudding and gravy to share. Upon reading this, I asked the waiter, to share by how many people and he said 2-3. What came out of the kitchen however was not enough for even the kids to share let alone two adults. The fish and chips meal we ordered for CeCe was the fishiest fish we’d ever had.
It’s fair to say the second visit to The Guardhouse was disappointing and even with the bad taste it left me with, I will this return, this time only for drinks.
#NumNumsPancakeDay – Decorating Pancakes
P.S: What better way to celebrate Pancake Day than letting the kids run free decorating it with ingredients like marshmallows, sprinkles and candy floss. Watch the video below to see how they decorated their Num Noms inspired pancakes and see who the #NumNumsPancakeChampion is.
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