Refurbished and relaunched venues include The Bank Hotel, next to the upgraded Newtown Station. Now owned by pub group Solotel, the downstairs section has been converted from long-time tenant Sumalee Thai to a spacious beer garden and courtyard so that there are now multi-level drinking and smoking areas.
|Bird is the Word Sunday half roast chicken at The Bank Hotel Beer Garden, |
King Street, Newtown
Food, booze and shoes sampled the Bird is the Word as a guest, with thanks to Agency G.
'Bird' is the word on a Sunday afternoon when roast chicken is the go – almost every kitchen order we see that afternoon is the half bird with all the trimmings, designed for two eaters.
|Bird is the Word|
The large plate arrives with an abundance of sides: roast potatoes and pumpkin; a soft-centred, golden-surfaced Yorkshire pudding; and a cabbage salad.
To drink there’s the Newtown-brewed Young Henry’s on tap (the Natural Ale is my pick) and an impressive selection of ciders by the bottle, as well as all the beer and spirit usuals.
|Sweet corn fritters with red pepper relish|
|Spiced eggplant, cauliflower, hazelnut, herbs, yoghurt|
|The Bank Beer Garden|
(Image courtesy of Agency G)