A Bank Holiday treat this weekend – a new local pub, The Wheatsheaf, opened on Friday. Now when I say new, that’s not entirely correct as this pub has been up near the Church for so long it was even featured in the local paper’s memories page this week.
It’s a traditional stone built Derbyshire inn had most recently been trading as a (v nasty) Greek Taverna.
In these days of nearly 30 UK pub closures every week it’s a welcome sight and means there’s now a choice of three pubs for us few hundred villagers.
The interior has been given an overhaul with freshly painted walls, new flooring and smart furnishings as well as feature fireplaces.
They’ll soon be serving a full menu of the steak and grills variety but, for now, they’re offering some pleasingly fresh sandwiches, jackets and the like as bar snacks while they get going.
The landlords Bob and Irene Skupham say trade has exceeded expectations so far so good luck to them for the future!
After eating (yet another) fantastic meal at this place, I realised I’ve never really done a proper review of Restaurant at 54.
Not sure why – perhaps because it’s on my doorstep and I like to eat there without the pressure of writing it up for work – or maybe it’s simply that I keep forgetting to take the pictures before the food is devoured.
Either way, it doesn’t seem fair not to spread the word about this little gem so I’m putting it right.
The restaurant has been operating for nearly a year now and is the sort of neighbourhood eaterie everyone wants in their locality – well-priced simple cooking with friendly service.
(They also do regular special nights with set menus – a recent fish and garden five courser being particularly memorable.)
Plus the menus change regularly and aren’t overly long so avoiding menu fatigue for us regulars!
Last night’s meal was typical of what’s on offer for the midweek special (two courses £10.95/3 courses £13.95 per person with complimentary glass of house wine).
To start I enjoyed a smoked haddock and mussel chowder while he tucked into some succulent sausages and a poached egg. Nothing fancy there but well-cooked, well-presented fare.
Similarly the main course of hake with a creamy prawn sauce (mine) and pork loin for him demonstrated the care the chefs take here – everything is perfectly done, the meat seems rested and the fish is always at that flaked stage, never over cooked.
The sauces tend to be fairly full-on – powerful in their stance but, because they’re served with a selection of plainly cooked veg, they aren’t overpowering.
The front of house is also worth a mention for its friendly and relaxed service too and what more can I say – I like it and if you’re ever in Glossop, give it a try and let me know what you think.
Restaurant at 54 is at 54 High Street West, Glossop. 01457 861054.