I had heard many good things about L Mulligan Grocer and even on a freezing cold late March evening a 30 minute walk across the river in search of some good food and ale did not seem too daunting.
I had taken the precaution of booking a table earlier that day which was wise as even on a Wednesday night the dining area at the back of the pub was full by 8.30.
We started our evening with a beer sitting on some high stools at the front of the pub. Lots of original dark wood, plenty of old school atmosphere and a nice mix of local folk and tourists. There is a great selection of beer - not that much on cask but plenty of choice on keg and from the bottle. Not a Guinness tap in sight - this is a craft beer pub and proud of it.
The main eating area is cosy and our fellow diners were a mix of romantic couples and larger groups. The scrabble "reserved" signs on tables and menus in old books might seem a little twee in other places but somehow it all works quite well at the Grocer.
We started our meal by sharing a very tasty pâté which came with some fine sourdough bread - this was more than enough for two and the friendly staff had no problem when we asked for more bread to finish off the pâté.
B had the very popular dish of moules frites which was flying out the kitchen and filling the dining room with a heady fishy aroma. I took the advice of our knowledgeable waiter and went for the chicken Kiev which came with sides of double cooked chips, creamed sweet corn and a spicy beetroot slaw. Both our dishes were superb and in my experience classic pub food does not come much better than this ....
We washed all this delicious food down with a very nice bottle of Andeluna Torrontes. Unlike a lot of other craft beer pubs the Grocer has put a lot of thought into its small but interesting wine list.
By this point we were on the verge of a food coma so we skipped the lovely looking dessert menu.
While waiting for the very reasonable bill (don't worry the bill here will not break the bank and is excellent value for money) we had a quick coffee and a cheeky glass of Redbreast from the extensive whisky list before heading back "home" - a return visit is already being planned.