ENTICED by its freshly gathered title of Best Family Restaurant in Milton Keynes, I set off for the Hungry Horse in Broughton ready to tuck into some hearty fare.
But it was the community spirit that really struck me in this popular pub.
Kids are treated like Kings, with free colouring pens all round, while the large TV screen showing Sky Sports and offering the promise of European Championship action certainly caught my eye.
And where conversation sprouted up in the dining area and bar, local issues such as the proposed closure of the Broughton Gate Skate Park dominate proceedings.
It’s easy to see why this welcoming eatery was honoured at the recent Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards.
But could the food match the award winning atmosphere?
You know what you’re going to get with a Hungry Horse: huge portions of pub grub and plenty for your pound.
We started with the light and crunchy Breaded Torpedo Prawns with a marvellous sweet chilli dip and Garlic Breaded Mushrooms with a mayonnaise dip. Watch these little bad boys as they squirt out juice, but they’re very more-ish and pipeing hot.
For our main courses we decided to pile on the meat, opting for a 9oz steak and rib combo with coleslaw, and a Chicken New Yorker.
I asked for the steak, which also came with coleslaw, onion rings, corn on the cob, grilled tomato and chips, to be prepared medium rare and it came just that way, cooked to perfection.
There was little fat to be found on this generous steak, and the meat fell off the ribs with a tender and sweet taste – great with the side of BBQ sauce.
The New Yorker consisted of two succulent chicken breasts, topped with bacon, a taste of BBQ sauce and melted cheese. It was served with chips, peas, grilled tomato and onion rings.
These were huge portion and a delight to eat. After a starter they were hard to finish.
The food came out quickly and was also great value for money.
The menu itself offers choices for the whole family, with huge gooey desserts available to finish off your meals.
Don’t expect cordon bleu, but you can be sure The Hungry Horse won’t leave you feeling blue.
The Hungry Horse
Telephone: 01908 667726
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