Going nutty over cheese and cider selection at the Rodney Stoke Inn
Bee O’Wulf’s weekly mission is to find the best pub serving the best pint of cider and the best cheese sandwich in the Cheddar Valley. She likes pubs, she’s partial to a drop o’ cider and her favourite sandwiches are of the cheese variety. It sounds easy.
This week: Bee tries The Rodney Stoke Inn, Wells Road, Rodney Stoke.
As I enter the pub the glazed door bangs shut behind me with such force that I wonder if the glass is still intact. It is.
I breathe a sigh of relief, there’s nothing worse than entering a pub and smashing the place up before you’ve even had a drink.
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The young man behind the bar greets me warmly and asks what he can get me. A quick look at the pumps shows me that I can have Thatchers Gold or Traditional on draught.
I scan the fridge to see if any bottled ciders are available. Ah. Orchard Pig – Reveller or Truffler. I decide on a bottle of the medium sparkling Reveller.
Orchard Pig is a relatively new (in cider terms) company, founded in 2004 in Glastonbury and very much the young upstart when it comes to funky names and arty-bottles.
Reveller is a little too sweet for me but the strong apple taste makes up for that. The only downside is it was served in a Bulmer’s glass.
I grab a menu. Gosh. What a choice! cheese, cheese and coleslaw or cheese and onion – in white or brown bread, ciabatta or a nutty roll. And that’s just the cheese selection.
I decide that I really would like to try a nutty roll, I know it’s not a plain old cheese sandwich, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had a nutty roll before and that seems a good excuse to me.
While I’m waiting I have a look around the pub – there’s plenty of history about both the pub and Rodney Stoke on the walls and the ‘snug’ looks to be exactly that.
The restaurant area is light and airy with wood beams, mismatched furniture and trendy light fittings. I take the table by the glazed door and my roll arrives.
Served on a well-scrubbed wooden bread board it has an accompaniment of coleslaw, a small salad topped with a strawberry, and a handful of Pringles which taste slightly musty (I’m not sure if this is a new flavour or if the lid has been left off the tube).
The nutty roll is slightly warm and delicious although the grated cheese filling makes it difficult to handle, but I scoop up the cheese which falls out, mix it with a little coleslaw to bind it together and shove it back inside the roll.
The place is popular – I can tell because every time someone comes in the door slams shut behind them and I really get very worried about the life-expectancy of the glass.
The staff are cheerful and nothing seems to be too much trouble – the only change I would make would be to fit one of those self-closing door fittings.
Score: Cider 3.5 out of 5. Cheese sandwich 3.5 out of 5. Ambience 3.5 out of 5.