Written on: 08/05/2007 by MissusW (5 reviews written)
Friendly, efficient staff.
"Cheap'n'cheerful", reliable pub food.
New potatoes, often under-done, stick to jacket or chips.
Limited menu, never varies - however, what is served is nicely cooked.
Coffee/Hot chocolate machine unreliable.
There is plenty of seating, indoors and out at The Peacock restaurant in Oakerthorpe, and a well isolated no-smoking area. The Peacock has been a regular escape for Lunch and Dinner when I can't be bothered to cook. Very reasonable prices for basic, good food. Pub favourites such as gammon, steak, scampi are joined by tuna and swordfish steaks, chilli and tikka masala.
The tuna on both occasions was lovely, tasty, tender and drizzled with garlic butter with saut d onion/capsicum and seasonal veg. The gammon steaks are very reliable, well cooked and not too fatty. Had the odd salty one, but they can't help that. The steak hasn't been the best; it's the cut of meat that lets them down, rather than the preparation. But with Denby Lodge (Steak House) so close to home I think my expectation's set high when it comes to red meat!
The chilli was 'OK'; a little watery, and it could have been richer, more tomatoey, but served with rice and tortillas, it filled a gap.
The Salads are excellent, and the roast ham, turkey and stuffing and ploughmans are presented on enormous plates, filled to the edges! With a roll and butter on the side; it's a wonder there's room for desert.
The apple pie is nice, chunky, home made, and the ice-cream sundae keep kids quiet for ages, and the orange and Cointreau log is very rich; sometimes I can't finish the serving.
It's worth popping in if you're in the area, and there's plenty of parking. On occasion when I have had to complain, the staff were polite and helpful, and where appropriate offered a refund.