A husband and wife team. David is originally from London but moved to South Africa when he was 9 where he met and married Brigitte over 20 years ago. We have now been living in England for the past 7 years. We both have a love of good food, dining out and all things to do with life style. We will be reviewing restaurants, products and giving foodie and life style tips. All our reviews are unbiased.
come for us to celebrate Danielle’s Sixteenth Birthday with the family from
Basingstoke. So it was decided to choose
a venue that was half way between Hertford and Basingstoke. My sister in-law suggested The Ferry in Cookham (Maidenhead) as she had eaten
there in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Ferry is right on the banks of the River Thames, and as an added
bonus we had the pleasure of seeing the glorious Gloriana from the Diamond
Jubilee parade row past.
Sunday Roast Turkey
The Ferry’s subtle lighting and spacious layout give it a
comfortable and unpretentious ambiance. Expect to find no one single cuisine,
but a blend designed to provide something for everybody, no matter what your tastes may be. The service was cheerful,
brisk and totally in keeping with the friendly nature of a good English pub. They were also more than happy for us to
provide our own Birthday cake, and made a big fuss for Danielle when they
brought it to the table. Modern day pubs
usually share a number of characteristics and an important feature is space,
preferably a restaurant where you are comfortable, not over-awed, and not
sharing elbow space with the next table, however sociable they may be. Good,
too, to have a garden, in this case a riverside one adjacent to the bridge at Cookham. The term 'gastropub' covers a multitude of
blessings and it is possible to see influences of brasserie, bistro, restaurant
and even café at work within the great gastro umbrella.
They have a extensive menu, with a nice choice of different meals to appeal to most
people. David, Danielle and myself had
their classic burger with nice thick chips.
The burger comes with gherkin, mustard mayo, cheese, relish.. My
Mum-in-law had the calves liver, brother-in-law fish and chips, the freshly
battered haddock came with minted mushy peas, chips and tartar sauce (looking at the picture, they were a bit mean with the peas and chips) and my
sister-in-law the Sunday Roast turkey.
Fish and Chips
From Danielle’s perspective
The Ferry was lovely, I must say that the waitress was
hilarious, and made it all the more entertaining! The food was standard really,
rather tastey and all that but really what you would expect from a resurant
with their selectons. Would like to go back but it is a tad far away in
Berkshire. The surroundings are beautiful and after lunch we went for a
walk and that was really nice!
Very pleasant pub, if you are in the area, worth a visit. For six of us including two bottles of wine our bill came to £134.65. We only had mains, and coffees at the end. I think that is quite reasonably priced.