It's not very often you see a new pub open, but one just has in Farnborough.

Located opposite Morrisons supermarket in Southwood, The Sarsen Stones is a modern pub and restaurant offering a huge menu of British classics, plus a few quirky additions.

One of these extra special features includes its Red Tractor Farm-Assured rotisserie chicken, where you can customise the size of your bird, plus pick what sauce and sides you want to go with it.

Another novel concept is Tiger Tops - skin-on fries mixed with sweet potato fries with a choice of topping and a mixed leaf garnish.

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When my partner and I visited on a warm Saturday evening, the pub and its garden were heaving with families and locals.

Gin and tonic

It was refreshing to see a pub so busy and our waiter informed us they had to stop any further walk-ins for the restaurant that night as it was fully booked.

As we had reserved a table we went straight to our table by a window overlooking the grassy garden.

If you're a fussy eater, you will certainly find something you like ( food and drink -wise) but if you're an indecisive diner, beware you will be spoilt for choice as the menu is huge.

The huge menu

Aside from the chicken rotisserie, there are burgers, steaks, ribs, pies, scampi, lasagne, curries, salads and a tempting desserts menu packed with lots of home comforts including sticky toffee pudding, lemon meringue sundae and rhubarb and custard slice.

As well as dishes being unbelievably affordable and of a good size portion, one of the best things about the menu is that you can personalise yours to suit your tastebuds, may it be swapping chips for salad, custard for ice cream, adding extra bacon to your burger or upgrading your fries.

With so many pub classics to choose from, I stepped back to my 80s upbringing and ordered prawn cocktail (£3.75) as my starter.

Prawn cocktail (sauce on the side)

Even though the pub was busy, we didn't have to wait long for our food to arrive and mine did so in a traditional tall glass with a side of bread and butter.

The king prawns were plump and juicy, the lettuce crisp and fresh and the door-stop farmhouse bread was warm and soft - it was just as I remembered.

As tempting as the chicken looked, we had food envy from the people sitting next to us, so I went for 8oz sirloin steak (£10.45) while my partner went for half a rack of sticky barbecue baby back ribs (£7.85).

8oz sirloin steak

Having already eyed-up the pudding menu, I decided to swap my skin-on fries for salad.

Cooked blue to my liking, the flavoursome fillet had a tasty crust and was served with a beef tomato wedge, flat mushroom and rocket.

It was satisfying, filling and such great value.

My partner was just as impressed with his ribs smothered in a rich, fruity glaze (which involved a number of napkins to eat it).

Half a rack of sticky barbecue baby back ribs

He was pleased he went for the 8oz rather than the 16oz, as it came with hot crispy chips and two corn on the cobs with butter.

We really wanted a dessert and felt gutted we felt too full to order one.

But to our delight, our waitress told us we could take them home. Horray!

So we got a Bramley apple pie (£3.75) and deep dish Sicilian lemon tart (£4.25) boxed up to go.

Obviously we couldn't take the custard (for the pie) and double cream (for the tart) home, but even cold, the two puddings were divine.

The Sarsen Stones is a great family-friendly, cheap and cheerful, community pub and next time we will be ordering the chicken.

The Sarsen Stones in Farnborough

Factbox:

Price: A three course meal for two people without drinks costs around £32

Address: The Sarsen Stones, Farnborough, GU14 0NX

Hours: Open daily 11am–11pm

Telephone: 01252 560810

Parking: Free pub car park

Dress code: Casual

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