Recently, I was kindly invited along to the review The Dragonfly in Coedkernew, Newport. A traditional country-style pub serving hearty comfort food, The Dragonfly was historically known as The Celtic Springs because of the sacred spring that lies to its east. Today, The Dragonfly is owned by the Vintage Inns group and it recently underwent a £240,000 refurb.
Inside, the pub is brimming with old-world charm and rural character, from the low wooden beams and large fireplaces, to the wooden furniture and the old, quirky paintings that reminded me of the pictures that hung in my Nan’s lounge.
After carefully perusing the menu, I succumbed to the duo of pâté to start; a course pork, bacon and Madeira pâté, and oak-smoked chicken liver parfait with tangy Bramley apple butter, crunchy baby gherkins and fresh rustic bread (£5.95). Both the pâté and the parfait were so good, I unashamedly continued to devour them even after I’d polished off all the bread.
My guest began with the prawn and lobster cocktail, a contemporary twist on the traditional classic mixed with lobster mayo and topped with sliced avocado and paprika, served with toasted bread, seeds and fresh butter (£5.95). This looked very appealing and I’d happily order it myself if I was to visit The Dragonfly again.
As it was a Sunday, there was no question in our minds about what we were going to order for our main courses. A Sunday roast was practically compulsory. Neither of us could resist the sound of the 28-day aged roast sirloin of beef (£11.50).
Three thick slices of rich, meaty beef sat atop several golden brown roast potatoes (which admittedly could’ve been a little crispier), teamed with a big homemade Yorkshire pudding, fresh green cabbage, roast parsnips, carrots, a boat of gravy made with meaty stock and, er, lamb’s lettuce. Now, I’m not sure whether the lettuce was just a substitute for another vegetable which the kitchen had run out of or whether it was planned to be on the plate all along, but either way, it didn’t work. Lettuce aside, this was a delicious Sunday roast dinner. £11.50 seemed a bit excessive, though.
Having finished our main courses, we were fit to burst and couldn’t find any room for dessert; as tempted as we were by the likes of sticky toffee and apple pudding, vanilla crème brûlée and carrot-cake cheesecake (£5.50 – £6.95)
I’d definitely visit The Dragonfly for Sunday lunch again in future. It wasn’t the best pub roast dinner I’ve ever tasted, but it certainly raised my expectations of Sunday lunch at a chain pub.
Tel: 01633 810 610
I was invited to The Dragonfly as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review.
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