Although small, The Wirral is full of wondrous places and hidden gems. Nestled in the heart of Eastham Village, is The Montgomery Pub & Kitchen. It’s situated opposite St Marys church, and although it’s surroundings are traditional, the Montgomery has a refreshingly modern look!
The Montgomery may be a pub, but the food & drinks are something else. I mean, it’s not every day you walk into a pub and are presented with a full cocktail menu, is it? 18 cocktails to be exact. Whether you fancy an old fashioned, or need your pornstar martini fix, there’s negroni’s and cosmo’s for everyone. My boyfriend and I opted for the strawberry daiquiri, ’cause who doesn’t love a strawberry daiquiri? Not only are the cocktail opportunities endless, they’re 2-4-1 between 5-7 pm. So there’s no excuse. Unless you’re more of a wine connoisseur, in which case the menu is pretty extensive in terms of pinks, whites, reds AND bubbly. Don’t worry.
When it came to ordering our food, I struggled to settle with just one dish. I’m an indecisive person, but when it comes to food menus? It can get pretty stressful. The Montgomery doesn’t offer your typical pub grub. It’s pub dining with a classssay twist. You want a mixed grill? How about a seafood mixed grill consisting of salmon, sea bass, a lime & tarragon king prawn skewer, new potatoes and fennel slaw? Feeling something more meaty? They have PLANKS, yes you heard it, PLANKS full of food. The House Plank comes with BBQ ribs, house curry, beef brisket, chicken wings and chicken pate. You can also get a coastal plank or a veggie plank. Speaking of veggie options, the Montgomery has vegetarian pasta, curry and pies, as well as tonnes of starters. There really is something for everyone! The menu is also super affordable AND there’s 50% food throughout February.
I finally decided what I wanted to order, and opted for the rump steak with a side of blue cheese sauce. *drools*. Some people may think that’s odd, but I can’t get enough of steak with cheese sauce. Conor ordered the lamb with dauphinoise potatoes (how posh?) and veg. Now, I know I can get overexcited about food, who doesn’t? But I’m not exaggerating when I say it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I was a little unsure about ordering rump, as when I’ve had it at other places it’s been quite fatty and I usually only get about a forkful out of it. It probably doesn’t help that I have my steak medium rare either (which isn’t really recommended with rump steak). Let’s just say I was super pleasantly surprised! It was cooked to literal PERFECTION (photo evidence below), and I ate every last bite. The veg was also lovely and the chips were amazing dipped in blue cheese sauce. Heaven.
The lamb also looked amazing, and the potato dauphinoise was creaaaamy and gorgeous (I stole lots of it). Conor definitely approved… of the taste… not my wandering fork. If that wasn’t enough, we also ordered halloumi fries on the side. Halloumi fries seem to be the top trend of the foodie world at the moment, and the Montgomery definitely haven’t missed a trick by putting them on their menu.
There’s also loads going on at the Montgomery, such as live acts playing some nights and cocktail masterclasses. Like I said, not your ordinary pub. There was a cocktail masterclass on the night we were there, and I just wanted to join in! The ladies there seemed to be on a hen night (super classy hen night in comparison to ones I usually see) and were having a balllll, mixing up their own cocktails and having a taste of each one.
All in all, the food could’ve been from a 7 star gourmet restaurant, and the cocktails were right up my street. I mean, any cocktail is right up my street… any alcoholic beverage in fact… but they were PROPER cocktails. Any cocktail enthusiast will know what I mean by that. The food and drinks aside, the atmosphere at the Montgomery is super chill and friendly. As soon as you walk in, you feel welcomed by the staff and the diverse ages of everybody in there. The pub is located in a small village, where many pensioners live (including my lovely little nan) and I feel like it definitely accommodates to both old and young. If you want to take your nan for some good old fashioned fish and chips, great. If you wanna get smashed with your mates over 241 cocktails, amazin’. The staff were also lovely, smiley and attentive and the interior is gorgeous. With teal and brick walls, wooden accents, and those really cool light bulbs on wires, it’s super cosy yet super modern. If you’re looking for somewhere to share a little tipple, or drool over a Sunday roast, this is the place Ladies & Gents.
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