Tasty pub lunch at The Wheatsheaf in leafy Surrey

So most pubs in England have been open for more than a month now. But I’m most definitely not taking them for granted. It’s a different experience with plenty sanitisers, one-way systems, more table service and a preference for outside seating (in my case anyway). Thankfully it’s summer so eating alfresco is a pleasure.

I’m trying to get back to some sort of normality – eating out without taking too many risks. So early week lunches are a good bet – places are less busy and of course there’s also the Eat Out to Help Out incentive, designed to encourage us to help the hospitality industry back on its feet. Mondays to Wednesdays it’s 50% off food in pubs and restaurants, up to £10 per person. Another reason to start going out more!

Today we headed a short drive into beautiful Surrey to meet our friend Pip for lunch at The Wheatsheaf on the Green.

We negotiated the one-way system to a table in the corner in the beautiful, covered courtyard and settled down with a glass of Prosecco for some menu decision making.

What’s on the menu

There’s plenty to choose from but it was easy for me to head straight for one of my all-time favourites. Love a schnitzel – I ate one every day for over a week on our river cruise through Germany and Austria a couple of years back. It simply had to be done. Today’s breaded chicken schnitzel came with a blue cheese butter, spring greens and lyonnaise potatoes. A match made in heaven, with a piping hot, crunchy schnitzel on a bed of indulgent, soft potatoes with the slight crunch of the greens. And that sauce, adding just the right amount of saltiness.

The Wheatsheaf: schnitzel
Crunchy chicken schnitzel on a bed of luscious potatoes

Chicken was the protein of the day with this bang bang chicken salad. Plenty of vegetable crunch and a zesty dressing.

The Wheatsheaf: salad
Crunchy salad with Chinese flavours

Today was a dessert kind of day. I think perhaps we just wanted to linger longer. Pip had a yearning for an affogato but it wasn’t on the menu. No problem, our lovely waiter soon rustled up a collection of vanilla ice cream, espresso, amaretto liqueur and almond biscuits for a pudding feast.

The Wheatsheaf: affogato
Make your own boozy affogato

And then the perfect summery pud – a kind of Eton mess. Fresh strawberries, meringue and vanilla ice cream all mushed together in deliciousness.

The Wheatsheaf: mess
The perfect pudding for a hot summer day

We loved our lunch in the spacious courtyard. There are also tables out the front if you’re looking to go alfresco.

Think I need to focus on more eating out to help out the pubs in the area. There’s a lot of them that need me!

Today’s price point

Lunch for three came to just over £60 with our discounts and without service charge.

This included three main courses, two desserts, two glasses of Prosecco and three glasses of wine.

The Wheatsheaf is at 40 Esher Green, Esher, Surrey KT10 8AG.

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