The Reliance

A few weeks ago Ali and I managed to grab a quick lunch together in town, whilst the baby napped. We went to The Reliance, a place that has been on my radar for a while, but I’ve never managed to make it there. It’s right near the husband’s work so is ideal for a quick bite.

Although it was pretty quiet when we went, I still really enjoyed the atmosphere, it’s a light and airy place, with super friendly and accommodating staff, and I can see why it’s such a popular place. The menu features pub classics, alongside homemade charcuterie and cheese boards. They also offer an extensive wine list, including the option to take it home – I might have to send the husband on a post work wine run!

I went for the fish butty, clearly I was craving carbs that day! Big chunks of freshly Erdinger battered fish were wedged in massive fresh bread roll, and smothered in tartar sauce, with a token spinkling of rocket. It was really tasty and totally hit the spot! The fish was soft and light, covered in the flavourful salty batter, and the butter on the bread had melted into it a bit, giving it that perfect texture. I also guzzled a cappuccino, it was really good coffee, but I think I have become less fussy about coffee since having F.

Ali decided on the smoked bacon chop, served with a fried egg and chunky chips, the Reliance’s take on the traditional ham, egg and chips. It was a hearty lunch, with the salty bacon balanced by the crispy chips and a runny yolk. He also got some greens on the side, to balance out his meal a bit, which came al dente and drenched in a flavourful chilli and hazelnut butter.

We didn’t have time for desserts unfortunately, and I’m not sure I would have had space anyway. I’m sure we will pop by again for lunch, and I need to make sure we come for an evening meal at some point, I’ve got my eye and stomach on some charcuterie, cheese and wine!

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