Just outside the town of Rugby sits the village of Dunchurch. A pretty place with a newly refurbished and popular pub – The Dun Cow.
Walking into The Dun Cow on a busy Bank Holiday Monday was a pleasant experience as both the bar and dining areas were nicely busy. The decor is modern, clean and creates a relaxed atmosphere.
The staff kindly showed us into one of the dining rooms. I say “one of the dining rooms” as the room is split into small, intimate eating areas. This is something unique that I haven’t seen before in pubs. It’s a lovely idea as it creates a nice peaceful atmosphere.
Trying to decide what to have from the menu is a task in itself. There are so many good dishes to choose from. Typical pub classics are there such as fish and chips, pies and gammon steaks. For something a little more special there are dishes such as rack of lamb or a selection of steaks to choose from.
We managed to settle on a wagyu burger with fries and onion rings along with a fillet steak ‘rossini’. Other diners in the room had opted for the fish and chips, served with mushy peas and tartare sauce. These came in very generous portions.
The food menu wasn’t the only menu that caught our eye. The selection of gins on the drinks menu is one of the best that we have come across. Getting into gin, thanks in large part to Around The World In 80 Gins, we have a much more adventurous streak when it comes to trying new gins.
I can highly recommend Chase bramley apple and rhubarb gin with elderflower tonic. As the weather gets hotter and the fruit gets better, this is a dream combination. A nod also goes to the Tarquins pink rhubarb and raspberry with ginger ale, another winning partnership.
Onto the food – and there was plenty of it! The fillet steak had been requested medium-rare and it was exactly that, spot on and full of flavour. Rossini refers to a classic style of serving beef fillet often with a slice of sauteed foie gras. The pub version pairs the fillet with croutons of duck liver parfait.
It’s a combination that really works. With a delicious red wine jus, pearl onions, huge asparagus spears and some superb dauphinoise potatoes, the dish was complete. The star of the plate had to be that fillet but everything was cooked very well indeed.
Across the table, the wagyu burger was undergoing a swift demolition. The onion rings and fries were crispy and not a bit greasy. The burger had such a rich flavour which you instantly associate with wagyu. A burger well worth splashing out on.
The service throughout the evening was friendly, relaxed and professional. Even with the busy bank holiday crowd, the food arrived in perfect time and the service came with a smile. With main courses fully enjoyed, we had the dilemma on what to choose for dessert.
Eventually, we settled on two comforting classics. Eton mess and apple pie with custard and vanilla ice cream. The eton mess followed the theme of generosity when it came to the portion size. A mass of strawberries, meringue and cream, spot on.
A homemade apple pie is something that I very seldom have. When it’s done as well as it is here at The Dun Cow, it’s an absolute pleasure. Sweet pastry, soft apples, quality ice cream and a jug of custard. The perfect way to end any meal.
The experience at The Dun Cow was a hugely satisfying one. A modern, smart setting in which to enjoy a drink and some quality pub food. We will no doubt be dropping by whenever we are in the Rugby area.
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