Review: The Hollymere, Leechmere Road, Grangetown

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IT was Sunday. I was hung over. I needed a Sunday lunch remedy for my said hangover, but Ma Wheeler was away on holiday. What to do?

As a roast dinner is way beyond my culinary capabilities, the only option was to go out for a meal.

I haven’t been to The Hollymere for years, but wafts of its meals often hit me when I drive past en route to Asda, so I decided to see if the food tasted as good as it smelled.

With Cara and her whippersnapper Tate in tow, I arrived smack in the middle of Sunday lunchtime but, though the place was bustling with diners, the staff still found us a table.

Our waitress was super helpful and cheery and cleaned down a highchair for us to pull up to the table for Tate.

The Hollymere’s a large, stand-alone pub with plenty of parking so it’s perfect for the large family groups who sat around us.

We knew exactly what we wanted so didn’t need to pick our way through the menu, but it features something for everyone.

The sizzling section looked particularly impressive with combos, fajitas, steaks, ribs, chicken and vegetarian options.

After choosing your base ingredient, priced from £4.49-£9.99, you can load up with side dishes and toppings of your choice.

We stuck with a Sunday classic and ordered two roast beef lunches, which come in at £5.99,

They arrived promptly and were loaded with vegetables and lashings of creamy mash. Feeling gluttonous we ordered an extra Yorkshire pudding each for 30p extra.

They were a little disappointing and tasted greasy, rather than home-made, but the rest of the meal was suitably tasty.

Our waitress even bought us a gravy bowl when requested so we could top-up in between bites.

Tate, meanwhile, tucked into one of the children’s meals. They are more than reasonable at £2.99 each and you can choose from options such as chicken breast, scampi, gammon and more.

Cara chose the tomato spaghetti for Tate which was served with garlic bread. He was presented with a good-sized portion and almost enjoyed playing with it as much as he enjoyed eating it.

We stayed a while gossiping and dissecting the night before, but despite the business of the pub, we weren’t made to feel as though we had to move on.

For those after a themed meal, Wednesdays are grill night and Thursday is Mexican night.