It has been a whole year since I’ve written a Pub Spotlight and it had also been a fair amount of time since I’d been out driving. So I thought I’d combine the two, get behind the wheel and take my Dad and Brother out to Romford for a naughty little pub lunch. On recommendation from my Dad, who’d been to this pub a few times before, we went to The Blue Boar in Abridge. It’s a proper gastropub style venue with some boutique hotel rooms too and plenty of car park space as well. Made my return to front bay parking nice and easy!
Visually the pub is lovely and clean inside with what appears to be some nice function spaces to hire out. Looks like it may have had a makeover at some point in the last ten years as the old man said it didn’t used to look like this the last time he was there! However, with the sun shining we spent most of the time in their cracking little beer garden adjacent to the car park. Plenty of seating, nice comfy chairs and well decorated little space. Ideal for a couple summertime pints
Speaking of pints. The Blue Boar hasn’t got a particularly wide range of craft beer or real ales on offer. The taps are mostly common macro lagers and there were only two hand-pulls, both with Greene King beers on. I did have one of the ales however, ‘Yardbird Pale’. It had been well conditioned and was a nice, malty easy drinking pale ale. They did have one treat on the taps though; ‘Estrella Galicia’. Not to be confused with the more known Estrella Damm, Estrella Galicia is a lager from ‘Hijos de Rivera’ brewery and in my opinion the much better beer. I’ve never seen it on draft in the UK and it is my Auntie’s and my favourite drink when I visit Spain so I’ve got a massive soft spot for it. Thankfully, Dad offered to drive back so I was able to have both pints!
The menu at The Blue Boar was looking nice and seasonal, with a variety of pub classics and selection of nice summery salads and dishes. I personally went for the Chicken Caesar salad which, while perhaps a little pricey, was nice and tasty and presented really well. Personally, I liked the little touch of the anchovies on the side. I’m a big fan of the salty little fish but nice to see the option given to not have them mixed in. Dad had the prawn cocktail, avocado and smoked salmon salad and said it was very nice!
On the whole, I can definitely see myself coming back to The Blue Boar. I’ve got a suspicious feeling that they probably do really good Sunday Roasts. The staff were all nice and friendly and the food came out promptly. Great beer garden as mentioned and from my brief glance around the inside looked lovely as well. I would come back simply for the Estrella Galicia if I’m honest! Definitely worth a visit, and a cheeky pub lunch treat.
Address: 1 Market Pl, Abridge, Romford RM4 1UA