The Pear Tree Inn

The golden triangle is fertile ground for friendly pubs and the Pear Tree Inn is planted prominently among them. A prime site on the corner of Unthank road with a large decked area to the front looks gloriously appealing on a sunny day and is packed out on a Saturday night. Until recently they have focused on being a community pub, chill in the day and with a bit of a party vibe in the evening. Since they’ve just added a food menu, we popped in to try it out.

Atmosphere Into the bar and we’re greeted by a satisfyingly smoky smell from the cheerful fireplace. A good fire always draws you in but a polite sign beside it asking patrons not to add logs themselves hints at a recent inadvertent arson attempt by over enthusiastic students. Remember kids, fire is fun, but isn’t always your friend.

The bar is cosy with wooden floors below and fairy lights above. To the right a few steps take you up to a low mezzanine level with a glorious sweep of windows in a broad semi-circle alcove. To the leſt is a sofa you can melt into and the crackling fireplace that first welcomed us with – IS THAT A DOG?! Ok guys, so the pub has a dog! A husky puppy, still growing into his big ears, his big paws and his big happy tongue! Sooooo, I might as well finish the review here, right? Perfect pub, 10 out of 10 in every category, nothing more to read. Go visit the dog. What? I need to write more? But... but... there’s a dog! Ok, fine, but I’m not happy about this, read on...

The Main Event Tearing myself away from the magnificently indifferent dog (I’ll miss you! No, yeah, he couldn’t care less, cold) I turn to the bar and start with a pint of their own microbrew, Pear Tree Pale. A nice light ale, refreshing and very welcome on a warm evening and one of a fair few options for the beer drinkers.

Food is a relatively recent addition to the Pear Tree and their Sunday roasts have


been flying but I went midweek to check out the rest of their menu. Unusually they serve their full menu until midnight so you won’t have to cut short your evening to get a decent bite to eat. You might also be able to resist the shameful but hypnotic allure of the slowly rotating donner when you’re staggering home at the end of the night.

The menu is limited which is oſten a shrewd move; looking at War and Peace style epic menus I do wonder how anywhere can keep all their produce fresh or prepare much to order. Keep it small, keep it simple and keep it delicious. The Pear Tree certainly manages that with a fun selection of sliders and loaded fries.

I went for the pulled pork sliders which had their deliciously sticky, cloying and sweet tasting filling spilling out of the buns into a wonderfully flavourful mess. There was no way to eat it elegantly without fashioning a muumuu out of knapkins so I just got stuck in. The roasted vegetable and mozzarella sliders were much the same fun, full of taste and horrendously messy. The only criticism would be that they could have used some more interesting bread for their slider buns. The halloumi fries with them were golden crisp wedges of delight that anybody slipping in for a cheeky pint needs to order.

Pud No pud, just sliders. Maybe have... more sliders? That could work, they were tasty, I’d be down with that. Desserts are available with the Sunday roast though and will be added to the main menu soon!

Conclusion The Pear Tree Inn is a lovely venue to spend a warm lazy Sunday under the sun or have a few drinks with mates on a Saturday night out. Food certainly isn’t their primary focus which is understandable when they do other things so well, however, their menu is a very welcome addition, particularly their Sunday roast, and is worth checking out if you’re ever nearby.

Words James McDonald


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