Beauty, Life, Style

The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa

On Friday night we decided to get together for a few drinks in Leamington Spa to wave off our friends Sam and Wayne who are relocating to Newcastle. 

We headed to the Drawing Board, a new (ish) gastropub located on Newhall Street. Eclectic is definitely the term to describe the interior aesthetic. Worn leather chairs and sofas add a cosy feel while things are kept modern with a comic book theme. Comics (sorry, graphic novels) are framed on the walls, on shelves and are even used to wallpaper the loos. 
As The Drawing Board is an Independent Free House you can expect to find a good mix of ales, malts, crafts and wines. 
The staff are cheerful and friendly. When we asked if they could accommodate 10 to eat we were kindly ushered upstairs to wait for a table in the sofa area. The time flew by as we played chess and Trivial Pursuit and enjoyed our drinks.
Given how great the menu looked I was hoping the food shots would be slightly more interesting. But as we ordered 8 burgers there wasn't a whole lot of variety on the table. Fortunately Matt ordered the Drawing Room's version of fish an chips - tempura sea bass, Thai spiced butternut squash served with broken peas and mint.
Aaannd the rest of us ordered the burger. The Dexter burger came topped with cheese and was served with french fries and onion stew. The bread was lovely and light but I personally (and many of my friends disagreed with me on this by the way) found the pattie rather bland and under seasoned. I really enjoyed the onion stew for chip dippage though. A nice touch that I haven't seen before. 
There was one thing we all agreed on though. Worst. Pickle. Ever. Now I love me a good gherkin (ha!) but the thing with pickle is that, it, um, should be pickled. It tasted like it had been soaked in water instead of vinegar. On the bright side, it started some amusing gherkin related conversations.

If you're looking for a new place to go for a chilled out drink I'd definitely recommend The Drawing Board. It's quirky interior, comfy chairs and friendly staff make it a total winner.

I'm holding off making a firm decision on the quality of food for now though. I think I'll have to try something more exciting than the burger and report back.


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