The Fellows Morton and Clayton pub on Canal Street has recently re-opened after a short closure. This is great news as it has been such a stalwart of both the Canalside and Nottinghamshire real ale pub scene for many years.
I think a few of us feared the worst when the shutters went up on the door back in April so it was with some relief that we saw it reopen last month under the umbrella of the eversosensible pub group.
I had popped in on Friday evening for a quick pint to see what sort of menu they had, it seemed to have most of the pub classics such as Fish and Chips, Pies, and Burgers, and also some a little different such as Lamb’s Liver and Bacon. Someone had commented that they thought the prices were a little high for a pub and to be honest I was thinking the same when I saw that the Fish and Chips was £10.95 but then again up the hill at Watson Fothergills it is £11.95 so as they are the same pub family maybe it is all equal.
I don’t mind paying a little bit more if the food is good so I was going to wait until I dined before I worked out the value 🙂
I came back to Fellows Morton & Clayton on Sunday planning to get a bite to eat, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they also had a Sunday menu which to my delight included a Sunday Roast.
I took my time pondering my options between Roast Topside of Beef, Roast Chicken Breast, and Roast Leg of Pork.
They all came with garlic and rosemary roast potatoes, creamy mash, Yorkshire pudding, braised red cabbage, fresh vegetables and gravy.
There was a vegetarian option of a Nut Roast but I wasn’t having any of that I was all over the possibility of having Roast Beef #YUM
Sunday Lunch Menu
The Roast Topside was the more expensive of the Roast Dinners being priced on the menu at £12.50 compared to the Roast Chicken at £10.95. I paid contactless and just shoved the receipt in my pocket, when I got home I saw that it was charged at £10.95 so either the menu is wrong or I owe these guys a couple of quid.
Note: I did as you will see in a minute, I did get served the beef, and not the chicken, so the till knew what was going on 🙂
Roast Topside of Beef
Presentation wise I was pretty impressed by the plateful that arrived at my table piled high with Roast Dinner goodness. My eyes were drawn to the large well formed Yorkshire Pudding teeterring on top of a pile of fluffy mashed potato and thick slices of meat.
I could see some slices of roasted parsnip leaning on the mash and there was definitely some other green stuff lurking within. It was worth a photograph (several to be honest).
Lets Look Inside 🙂
I did of course end up spreading it all out so that I could see what I had got and if there was anything else tucked away in that mound of food. “Let the dog see the rabbit” as they say.
I was pretty happy with what I found, as well as the beef, mashed potato, roast potato, and parsnips, I also found carrot, cabbage, red cabbage, broccoli, some green snap peapods and a slice of stuffing that was poking out of the Yorkshire pud. Excellent I like a lot of different veg with my Sunday Roast Dinners.
It was all very well cooked, I like my veg with a bit of a bite left in it, and this plate delivered on that front. For some people the broccoli might have been a bit too hard, but that is bad luck for them not for me 🙂
I really for once liked the Roast Parsnips, I am not usually a fan, but I suppose it depends on who cooks them and if they do it properly 🙂
I would have liked a little bit more gravy, but I didn’t ask for more so that was my fault, I am sure they would have been happy to provide a bit more. I think we get spoiled at home with so much the food needs to build a ‘gravy boat’. In the end I probably had almost just enough as that red cabbage was pretty juicy anyway adding a lot of moistness to the dish, and I had a nice pint of beer on the go as well to help wash it all down.
This was a pretty high quality effort and well above your average pub standard, so I would say that the price was pretty fair in the end. I liked that it came on a proper plate, a plate that was hot so that the food stayed hot, I like that everything was cooked properly and that it was all piping hot when it arrived. The only things I would change would be to ask for my beef to be a little bit pinker, and a little bit more gravy on the side.
Fellows Morton& Clayton doesn’t seem to have changed that much in terms of the layout, it did seem a bit brighter and a bit cleaner. The down step back area was laid out a lot more like a restaurant and the bar staff were all in smart uniforms which made the place feel a little bit classier and perhaps more professional looking.
The staff were all very friendly and the new landlady seemed to be lovely and was keeping the show going.
It is just a joy to have the place back alive after the shock of seeing it closing the doors. It is also good to find a place with a Sunday Lunch that I know my mum will be happy eating.
I think I will be back on one of the nights that they do the specials as that seems like quite good value. I quite fancy both the Fish and Chips, and I fancy the Pie and a Pint.
What is a man to do?
If the other food is as good as the Sunday Roasts then I am pretty sure I am going to be happy!
Fellows, Morton & Clayton is located at 54 Canal Street in Nottingham right on the banks of the Canal.
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