Monday, July 13, 2020

Jolly good food down at the Jenny Wren

Just a stone’s throw from Scunthorpe and Gainsborough, the jenny Wren is a riverside pub with plenty to offer. With a reputation for incredible food and a welcoming atmosphere, we pay a visit to taste it for ourselves!

Nestled on the banks of the Trent, the pub sits pretty in gorgeous-looking surroundings and as we enter we are taken with the overall look of the place. It’s rare these days to find a traditional pub, full to the brim with old-fashioned charm and the ephemera that comes with this. As well as a roaring open fire, there’s horse brasses, farming machinery, church pews and comfy seating areas for those who might fancy a drink or two before they eat.

In stark contrast, recent renovations have meant that upstairs is now a function room that screams decadence. With a modern, minimal look it has so far paid host to wedding receptions, birthdays and has served as extra space for diners on special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and other celebrations.

With this amazing venue however, comes food that matches. A very international menu offers a dazzling array of dishes and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Trusting owners Colin and Christine’s choices, we were served up a creamy and substantial lobster ravioli as well as Thai fish cakes with a sharp and sweet chilli sauce. The ravioli was a wonder, rich and meaty, the lobster was fresh and was a pleasure to devour. The same applied for the fishcakes, with fluffy middle and a crunchy salad, the textures were perfect.

For the main course, we were served a fantastic Jamaican take on chicken and ribs. A stacked pile of succulent meat with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce really impressed and was complemented by thick, chunky homemade chips. We also partook of a slow-cooked lamb shank with smooth mashed potato and a rosemary garnish as well as a minted gravy and some crunchy roast vegetables. The lamb was juicy and simply fell satisfyingly off the bone, a sure sign of a great shank. The vegetables also sang with a crunch and sweetness we’ll be trying to replicate at home in the future!

Tempted by the choices provided by the dessert menu, we plumped for a sticky toffee pudding that came with vanilla ice cream and strawberries which was a spongy, delicious treat, as was the white chocolate parfait and raspberries which was a sweet and delicate dish that was the ideal way to end a perfect meal.

We left full and impressed and are already planning a return visit. An incredible experience we would recommend to all. Why not head to the Jenny Wren today? You’ll be very glad you did.

The Jenny Wren is on East Ferry Road, Susworth, DN17 3AR. To book a table or to find out more, call 01724 784000 or visit

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