Quaffer & Scoffer

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The Church House is an imposing historical building overlooking Montgomery Square, which has been a popular local hostelry for decades.

It is run by the Wetherspoon chain, which has garnered a reputation for its food as well as its range of value ales.

On a Wednesday afternoon, regulars were enjoying a quiet drink and lunch in one of the pub’s many nooks and crannys, which includes a family room if you want to take the kids.

A welcome aspect of the chain is the absence of piped music - even the TV on the wall showing the news is muted - so you can chat without craning your neck, or gather your thoughts in relative peace and quiet.

Wetherspoons has what seems to be a standard menu, certainly across its pubs in South Yorkshire.

There are on-the-day bargain specials to be had, such as curry nights or steak days, a range of vegetarian and even low-calorie options.

The staff were friendly and attentive when I popped in on Wednesday lunchtime and I ordered the Gourmet burger plus drink at £5.59.

It came served with onion rings, a tub of salsa, chips, topped with two bacon slices and a Stilton, Shropshire blue and spring onion sauce with six beer-battered whole onion rings.

The six-ounce chargrilled burger came served in the now-fashionable skewer-down-the-middle style, with slices of chargrilled bacon, salad and onion rings between two burger buns.

This style of serving gives the burger the appearance of something Scooby Doo would have relished.

I removed the skewer and ate the burger with a knife and fork, as the sauce threatened to run out onto my shirt.

The quality of the meat was excellent and the Stilton sauce was delicious.

The burger came with fairly standard fries ideal for dipping in the salsa.

This meal would have been good value on its own, but served with a drink - I had a coke, but could have chosen a pint of beer or lager- it is exceptional.