“ Address: 155 Spalding Road / Frognall / Deeping St James / Lincolnshire / PE6 8SA „
My other half and I will probably eat out at least once every two weeks and we tend try and find the really child friendly places due to bringing out 27 month old daughter with us. We are quite lucky to have a lot of lovely village pubs around us and choosing one to eat at isn't overly hard. One of the more local pubs to us which we regularly go to is The Goat in a small village called Frognall which is on the Cambridgeshire/ Lincolnshire boarder near Peterborough.
** Please note that despite eating here many times I am going to be reviewing our last visit Jan 2012 **
== The Goat ==
The pub and building itself was established way back in 1647 and they class themselves as a traditional country pub serving an "incredible range of meals". They pride themselves on the bar stock having real ales (including local varieties), lagers, spirits and fine wines. The owners of The Goat try and make sure the pub offers something for everyone including romantic meals for two, family meals as well as having the room for party bookings say for birthdays and weddings. "Here at The Goat we have something to suit everyone."
== Inside ==
The pub itself is as the picture, it is a quaint building which certainly when looking at the front of the building looks quite small. However, they have added to it with the aid of a conservatory giving a lot more room and therefore being able to take on more bookings. The pub as you walk in through the front door is laid out as well as it could be in an old building. Toilets in the entrance area, the first dining room is the family area. Then, as you walk through you come into the bar with more tables and if you continue you come to more tables in a separate area and a separate dining room. The conservatory is at the far end with plenty more tables.
The toilets are as you would expect from a pub like this not the biggest in the world but they are perfectly clean and usable.
The bar isn't the biggest in the world but can easily accommodate people ordering their drinks as well as having a few bar stools for those wanting a swift half at the bar. Décor is a mix between country pub style and modern but it is a nice mix which has been done well. The only part which looks a bit odd is the one dining room which has recently been painted white and black, modern yes but it doesn't seem to have that warm atmosphere the other areas of the pub has and out of personal choice I don't like eating in this part and always opt for the other child friendly dining room which has lovely views of the large garden.
== Outside ==
The Goat is set in rather large grounds and out towards the back of the pub there is a lovely large garden which features a small play area together with a number of wooden tables and benches. There is also a smaller, toddler friendly garden which is enclosed by a fence which is nice as the smaller children get to play in a more secure environment and the larger kids can play on the bigger equipment.
The car park is directly at the front of the pub and is definitely substantial. The only problem being parking spaces are not marked out and on some of the busier days people do seem to just park anywhere making it a bit of a problem to get in and out of the car park.
== Food & Drink ==
Despite the bar being quite small it does have a very good range of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks which makes it easy to please every one. They do offer a decent selection of local ales/beers/lagers which is also a nice added touch.
I have never had a bad meal in The Goat which obviously means repeat business for them! Their menu isn't ridiculously big nor is it too small it simply offers enough choice but has clearly been well planned to keep every one happy. They do have a lunchtime menu (which I have never eaten from so won't be expanding on this) and a Bar menu which is confusing the main restaurant menu! They do offer a Sunday lunch too.
It has a decent range of starters including your very typical prawn cocktail and pâté. There is a vegetarian section in the menu which offers several dishes such as a vegetarian lasagne. They have a number of your more traditional main meals such as Lincolnshire sausages and mash and Fish n Chips and they have a selection of pies including chicken and mushroom and a braised game pie. There are several choices for fish lovers or those just wanting a salad. Of course there are a number of sides you can opt for too to add to your main meal.
The pudding list is quite tempting but nothing out of the ordinary so if you are happy to eat treacle sponge, ice cream and chocolate fudge brownies then you are right at home!
It should be noted that their menus do change depending on the time of year (especially the puddings) and that they do have a Specials board in the bar area above the fireplace so it is worth checking that before you make your final selections.
== Our Last Visit ==
Our last visit to The Goat was only a few weeks ago and because we had our daughter with us we were seated in the child friendly area. It is worth remembering that child seating areas are quite limited and it is worth booking to ensure you can be go to eat as they won't have children sat in the bar or main dining areas of the pub and we have seen people being turned away because they hadn't booked so a quick phone call is all it takes to save time and potential embarrassment.
My partner and I had opted to go with starters and a main course each. I opted for the homemade breaded brie wedges (£5.25) and he opted for the Garlic Mushrooms on Toast (£5.25). I have found every time we have eaten here the food comes out quickly and wonderfully hot. Our last visit was no exception. The brie wedges once cut into melted on the black slate plate they were presented on together with the accompanying chutney. My other half advised that the creamy garlic sauce the mushrooms were in was very lovely although after about ¾ of the dish he did find it a tad rich and decided not to eat anymore.
For the main I went for the steak and stilton pie which comes complete with vegetables (carrots and cauliflower) which costs £10.95 and the other half opted for the 8oz Beef, Bacon and Cheddar (comes with salad, relish and chips) at a price of £9.95. The Goat pride themselves on using Lincolnshire meat and you can tell as the steak is tasteful and tender and my other half commented on how tasty his burger was and that it was definitely homemade. Both meals were served piping hot and tasted great. Portion size was just right, enough to be filling but not too much to be overwhelmed.
== Overall ==
We really had absolutely no complaints about the meal at all. As said we haven't had a bad meal at The Goat and have had quite a few of the other dishes off the menu. My parents have eaten her too on a number of occasions and have never had a bad word to say about the place. Staff are always incredibly helpful, friendly and attentive, the food is always served hot and well presented and all surrounded in what is a lovely atmosphere in a great village pub. Definitely a recommended for some good homemade pub grub if in the area. 5 stars from me.
== Useful Information ==
155 Spalding Road
Deeping St James
Tel: 01778 347629
Opening Times: Open every day but they serve food at certain times so best call or check the website