There’s a sense of excitement for the team at The Quart Port in Wickford which is owned by national pub operator, the Stonegate Pub Company, as they prepare to launch their mouth-watering new Spring/Summer menu this week.

“As the days get longer, our customers’ thoughts turn to lighter, fresher meals,” said David Bennett Manager of The Quart Pot, “so our new menu has dishes that reflect the change of season. Some of the new dishes we’ve introduced include the pan fried sea bass served with lemon butter which is cooked simply, yet brings out all of the natural flavours of the fish, a Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad and Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese Risotto served with a garlic flatbread. We’ve also enhanced our grill section, which is by far the most popular choice with our customers, and that includes an 8oz Gammon Steak which is grilled to perfection and served with fried egg or a 10oz Rib Eye Steak served with plum tomato, a flat mushroom, baby watercress and chips.

“Also new on the menu are a few sharing options, people sometimes want to come into the pub and have something to nibble on as they catch up with friends over a drink or two, so we’ve introduced a really tasty sausage platter which offers a selection of sausages from our award-winning butcher which includes the Absolut™ Bloody Mary, Beef and Ale, Pork and Juniper and Caramelised Red Onion.

“In addition to the new dishes on the menu, we’ve also concentrated on ensuring all of our popular dishes are the best they can be, by working with our suppliers to source quality products time after time. I really believe that we are offering restaurant quality food in a comfortable, relaxing pub environment at real value for money prices and would encourage people to come down and pay us a visit to sample our great new menu.”

Not only are David and the team at the pub launching a new menu, they are also preparing to host a series of fundraising events for one of their regulars, Terry Hobbs whose son was injured in Afghanistan. So far, the pub has help raise £2000 towards the £10000 target for Help for Heroes. Already, David is starting to prepare for the British 10K run which takes place on 8th July as well as organising a school disco fundraising event at the Quart Pot on Friday 20th July.

David said: “I’m delighted to help raise funds for Help for Heroes but I must admit I am bit apprehensive– the last run I did was around four years ago – as I keep telling the team, I’m a pub manager not a runner! I will give it everything I’ve got though and hope to be able to contribute significantly to the fund. I’m looking to raise £500 so any donations from our customers and anyone who knows me would be gratefully received.”

If you would like to visit the pub for a food review, please contact Emma Currin at [email protected]