If you live in the UK, then you (better) know that it is Mother’s Day this Sunday.
Since my sister and I aren’t going to be able to spend Mother’s Day with our mum this year, we decided to take her out to Lunch on Monday as an early Mother’s Day treat. My lil dumpling came with us obviously, as this year will be my first Mother’s Day 😀
We went to The Douglas Bader in Martlesham Heath, Ipswich. I’d never heard of this place before my sister told us about it and when I looked at the menu and saw they had pie on it, it was a no brainer! Every good pub should serve steak and ale pie; its the law!
We didn’t book a table beforehand as we were going on a Monday afternoon, which is usually a quiet period around Ipswich. We arrived at around 2.30pm and as we expected, there were a few diners in but it was quiet, just how we like it!
We were greeted with a friendly ‘hello’ by one of the bar staff and we were free to choose where we wanted to sit. I grabbed a high chair for the dumpling to sit at the table with us, although he wasn’t eating since he had already had his lunch earlier (at just under 9 months, he’s still too little for steak and ale pie!)
Once we decided what we wanted, I went up to the bar to place our order. The bar staff were friendly and warm; they were more than happy to accommodate my request for some hot water in a jug to warm the dumpling’s milk (or ‘milky milk’ as we call it). A lot of places these days refuse to do this due to stupid health and safety regulations or they offer you some nonsense like a shallow bowl or microwave (!).
Within 5 minutes of ordering, one of the staff brought over the jug of water et voila, one happy dumpling was able to enjoy his warm milky milk. As a new mum, I cannot describe how grateful and welcome this makes me feel at an establishment.
Our starter was a platter of chips topped with cheese and bacon, scampi, chicken kebab and garlic bread – proper pub grub (ate it so fast I forgot to take a pic!) and we inhaled the lot between us (sans dumpling, who was full from his milk).
Within 5 minutes of cleaning the starter, a lovely member of staff came to clear our plates and take the jug of water.
The Douglas Bader Pub, Martlesham Heath
The pub itself was clean, tidy and modern décor. Music was playing softly so we could hear each other speak, which makes a change. The toilets were also very clean and there were baby changing facilities – more bonus points for this quaint Martlesham gem.
For mains, I ordered the Steak & Ale Pie which is shown in the main image (obvs), Mum ordered the Chicken Pie and Sis ordered a maaahooosive burger, which she couldn’t finish and needed my help with!
My sister’s maaahoosive burger – two Angus beef burgers, bacon, cheese, onion, salad and onion ring! Huwage! Not pictured – bowl of chunky chips!
We all agreed that the food was exactly what you would expect from a quality English pub – hearty, plentiful and tasty. The pies were served with a delicious gravy, creamy mash and peas. The burger was served on a wooden board with a steak knife to cut it; it was that big! It also came with a side of chunky fries, which my sister didn’t touch (eyes too big fah she belly!)…I ate a few but after scoffing my pie I was stuffed!
Again, our plates were cleared within 10 minutes of finishing our mains and we were kindly offered the dessert menu (which we declined due to already being too stuffed to walk to the car!).
Overall, I would definitely recommend The Douglas Bader pub for a relaxed, family lunch or dinner, especially if you want to bring along your little ones. This pub is very family/infant friendly and the staff are kind and accommodating.
Because babies like to do lunch, too! 🙂
P.S…this post is not sponsored or affiliated with The Douglas Bader…we just really enjoyed our lunch there and I wanted to share!