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    Thursday, 4 June 2015


    I love pub grub. A perfect Friday evening for me is spent eating good honest British classics in a little cosy pub with a glass of Prosecco. There's loads of great pubs around my mum's area which are perfect for just that so for a recent family dinner, we visited the Artichoke on the Green in the village of Croxley Green, just outside Watford.

    It's a lovely little pub which has been recently renovated to combine all the beautiful original features of the pub along with some more modern touches, giving it a real country pub feel. 
    Artichoke restaurant exterior

    The menu offers up a good selection of dishes championing British classics using high quality produce and ingredients. For starters I went with the bubble and squeak with poached egg, bacon and hollandaise (£7). I love bubble, it reminds me of Boxing Day or the day after a big family roast dinner when my mum uses up all the left-over veg and potatoes. Not quite as good as my mum's but as good as any i've had in a restaurant before... Plate with bubble and squeak and hollandaise sauce
    For my main, I went for the sea bass (£14.75) which came with a hollandaise sauce, vine tomatoes and steamed asparagus. The fish was delicate and full of flavour and the accompaniments were well cooked but I was left wondering where the substanance was! Maybe I'm a greedy piglet but it was lacking a carb element for me, especially for nearly £15. Some jersey royals would've been perfect - had I not had a starter I would've left feeling hungry....
    Seabass with tomato and sauce
    If you're ever near the area, I recommend dropping into the Artichoke - especially when it's sunny and you can sit out the front overlooking the green!
    The Green, Green Lane, Croxley Green, Watford, Hertfordshire WD3 3HN

    Have you got any local pubs near you that you can recommend?

    If you liked this post you might also like: The Old Orchard or  Simply Fish
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