The sun is out and the temperature is up. We all want to do nothing but live our best summertime lives – cold drinks, good friends, patio time. But unless you’re independently wealthy, which I am not (yet), life must continue on and work must get done.
But when there is a the opportunity to mix business and pleasure, of course any of us sun-loving folks will vote for an option that involves all of our favourite warm weather dining activities. And when you can find delicious lunchtime deals to go with it? Perfection.
This time around, I met with a colleague at Clayton Public House. Their rooftop patio with large, high tables and cozy sofa corners are an oasis in the heart of Cloverdale. The patio overlooks the Clayton Hills golf course and the view expands over the Valley then off to Mt. Baker in the south. And while this view is quite idyllic, we were there for business, food and cold drinks.
We weren’t aware of the new lunch menu at Clayton Public House before we selected our meeting place, but man are $10 lunch deals a super bonus! We went tapas style and shared our choices. I went for the Tri-Tip steak with garden salad and fries. My lunch date decided on the Warm Potato Salad with Pork Belly.
We started our meal meeting with the Pickle Fries – literally salty, juicy dill pickles cut into strips and made into fries. Paired with a spicy chipotle aioli these pickle fries were absolute heaven. I’m not a big fan of deep fried things but I will go a long way to find me some fried pickles. If I had to pick again, this would still be my go-to appy choice.
I had an icy cold Apricot Wit beer from Whistler Brewing. I’m not always a fan of fruit inspired beers but I am always up for something light and smooth and wheat beers always get that done. It was great alongside the crunchy spiced pickle fries and task planning we were tackling.
Then came the mains. I’m going to be honest and tell you right now – that was a good spread of flavours for only $20.
The pork belly on top of the potato salad was rich and salty without being overly fatty like a lot of pork belly can be. The chimichurri on the potatoes was refreshing and perfectly spicy and I am always a sucker for any dish with green peas. I could easily eat this meal over and over again and still discover new flavour combinations to delight my taste buds.
The steak was the perfect portion with a beautiful rare cook. I really enjoyed the seasoning on the outside and the fries are by far the best I’ve had at a pub probably ever. I would go back again for those fries.
I was pleasantly surprised by the lunch time deal but the patio view, encouraging company and cold beer made my afternoon A +.
For the prices alone, it worth a visit. But the quality of the food, the atmosphere and the welcoming staff are worth making Clayton Public House your regular lunchtime haunt. Just don’t forget the sunscreen – and definitely order the pickle fries.