Sunday 28 April 2019

REVIEW: The Lazy Pig in the Pantry, Chesham

Well, it has been a long old time since I've done a food review, but I felt like I would get back into the swing of things pretty easily. I even joked the day before we went to try out the Lazy Pig in Chesham that I hoped I remembered how to use my DSLR... and then when we sat down, realised I'd forgotten the battery. So that'll learn me not to tempt fate, won't it?

Luckily, the camera on my iPhone isn't toooo terrible and VSCO and Photoshop managed to take care of the rest. But my point is that these pictures aren't quite as good as I usually take, and that's annoying. And down entirely to my stupidity. Anyway! Let's talk about food!

The Lazy Pig in the Pantry is an excellently named new pub/restaurant combo that's recently opened in Chesham. There's steaks, pizzas, cocktails and an exciting array of other dishes on the slightly intimidatingly long menu. We went on a Friday night, and it was buzzing - considering it's only just opened, it was super busy.

Before I get to the food, let's just cover this: it is hashtag interior goals. Instagram fans, take note.

We settled down with a very nice red wine from San Marzano, which isn't far from where we stayed in Italy last year and is also where the tomatoes come from. Lately I'm trying to order wines that sound interesting rather than ones I know I'll like, which has had a 100% success rate so far! Also, it always ends in wine so a big old thumbs up there.

I was eyeing the three cheese arancini for starters, but it was sadly unavailable so instead I went for burrata seeing as it's always a pleasure. And it was! Charred sourdough topped with burrata, mixed tomatoes, prosciutto ham and a drizzle of olive oil. A liiittle bit more burrata wouldn't have gone amiss, but that's generally my philosophy when it comes to cheese.

Matt won when it came to ordering though - his starter was sooo good. He had the smoked pork belly with maple glaze, and maaaan. It came with a black pudding crumb and an apple puree, which gave it this amazing combination of smokiness, saltiness and sweetness and... yeah, I was jealous of it.

The worst thing is that when it came to mains, Matt won AGAIN (we're all in agreement that food ordering is a competition, right? Right.) He got the pan-fried duck breast with a honey and sesame glaze, in a red wine sauce. Nom. Again, it was delicious - I bloody love duck, and this was cooked really well. His only minor criticism is that it came with just one cheese croquette which meant it wasn't the most filing dish on the menu, and a side portion of fries wouldn't have gone amiss. But that meant that dessert was definitely on the cards, so THAT'S okay.

And I had a pretty hefty side portion of fries with mine, so it all worked out. I went for the smoky beef brisket burger because it just sounded so good, and it did not disappoint. Huge, fat and juicy - I was definitely into it, although I didn't mean that sentence to sound quite as filthy as it does. The brisket in particular was fantastic, and I would have been even happier if it was all brisket and no burger. Having the menu open as I write this up is reminding me of all the other exciting options on the menu, so I'm already plotting my next visit (I'm eyeing the sweet potato and white bean chilli with thyme polenta chips).

I'd totally already decided on my dessert and if you know me but at all, you could guess it easily. Basically, I have certain buzzwords when it comes to desserts. Basically if peanut butter or salted caramel are mentioned anywhere on there, I'm about to get involved. Unless someone ruins it with bananas. So when I spotted peanut butter and chocolate mille-feuille at the top of the dessert menu I... well, I totally ordered it. It was GREAT. Peanutty and chocolatey and somehow not ridiculously sickly. In. To. It.

Matt went for the chocolate brownie, which is always going to be a good choice, and this hazelnut and caramel version definitely was. Warm and gooey and everything you could want in a brownie.

Overall, we had a really nice meal. The restaurant is gorgeous - they have done an incredible job on the decor, and next time I 100% want to sit in the orangery at the front which is an Instagram dream. I'm really looking forward to going back again soon and working my way through the cocktail menu!

The Lazy Pig in the Pantry is at Chesham Rd, Chesham HP5 3PF. The restaurant kindly paid for our meal in exchange for this honest review.


1 comment

  1. This all looks so delicious - especially the puddings!


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