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Wild Rover

I’m sure we’re in the minority when we visit a brewery to check out the food.  We kept seeing the sign for The Wild Rover in Westchase and finally drove back into the industrial park where it is to see what they had to offer in the way of English food.

The menu is small, mostly pub food so we decided to try a variety of things and nibble our way through them all.  We got the Cobb salad, the beer cheese dip, the sausage roll and the steak and ale pie.

My favorite was the sausage roll.  It was wrapped in a puff pastry and had a thick, meaty filling.  I could have eaten a few of those.  The bread with the beer cheese dip had a nice crusty exterior and soft warm inside.  We ended up dipping the fries from the steak & ale pie plate into the cheese dip and that was divine.  The salad was a typical Cobb, but with arugula.  The steak & ale filling was tasty, but the puff pastry on top was way too dense.  I prefer puff pastry to be light & flaky.   They only had a couple of things available for dessert so we tried the banoffee pie.

Not so much pie, but more a very tasty banana and toffee pudding.  It was delicious.  Overall, the food was pretty good.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

The Wild Rover
13921 Lynmar Blvd
Tampa, FL

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Hearty Food

We ended up at Cricketers for dinner tonight when the restaurant we were going to ended up being closed.  They were busy, but we didn’t have to wait for a table.  We started off with the bangers in batter.



I’m a sucker for deep fried anything and these deep fried sausages were really yummy.  They’re served with gravy which just added to the tastiness.  I could have eaten another plate of these.  I couldn’t decide between the Irish stew and the chicken & vegetable pie, so Loren graciously got the Irish stew so I could taste it.



It had a nice homey taste to it.  It had lamb and veggies and was covered with sliced potatoes.  He ate the whole thing.  The chicken and veggie pie was tasty too.



It also had a nice hearty and rich flavor to it.  Both entrees come with two sides, so there was way more food here for me to eat.  I ended up taking half of mine home.  But, that didn’t stop us from getting the Cricketers 99 sundae.



Sometimes the simple desserts are the best.  It was vanilla ice cream with caramel, chocolate, whipped cream and some chocolate wafers. Good stuff.  And we were sufficiently stuffed by the time we walked out of there.  Total bill with a drink was $46.

2634 Bayshore, Blvd
Dunedin, FL

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  • Undercooked

    We decided to try The Moon Under Water in St Pete for lunch today.  It’s an Indian/English type of pub with a mixed fare of entrees.  I couldn’t resist the fried mac & cheese for an appetizer.



    They could have been a little thicker, but otherwise they were kind of tasty.  Crispy on the outside and gooey mac & cheese inside.   The marinara sauce had an interesting flavor to it as well.  For his entree, Loren got the mojo chicken sandwich.



    The chicken had a really nice flavor to it, but it was so thick that there was no way he could eat it as a sandwich.  The tomato slice was equally as thick.  He said the chicken could have been a little more tender too.  The fries were really good.  I went for the English pasty.



    The flavors were really good in this dish as well, but it was undercooked.  The pastry was doughy on the inside and several of the veggies including the potatoes were just hard.  It definitely needed to stay in the oven a while longer.  The gravy and fries were really good though.  Total bill with a drink was $33.

    Moon Under Water
    332 Beach Drive NE
    St Pete, FL

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    Big Portions

    We ate lunch at Cricketers in Dunedin today.  Loren wanted a bacon cheeseburger and I went for the banger sandwich with some onion rings.

    He really enjoyed the burger, though it was huge.  I ended up eating half of my my banger sandwich.  It was big too.  I really enjoyed the flavor of the sausage and the onions, but there was way more cheese on it than I needed.  The onion rings were crispy and yummy.  And even though we were both pretty full, I wanted to try the bread pudding.

    I’m so used to the bread pudding at the Cajun Cafe, that I was surprised when this came out since it looked completely different.  It was really tasty though.  Lots of cinnamon and a nice creamy sort of texture.  I’d order it again.  What’s funny is Loren said he’d only eat a bite of it since he was full, but he ate just as much as I did.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    2634 Bayshore, Blvd
    Dunedin, FL

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