A NEW head chef that recently took the reins at a pub in a Herefordshire town has launched a spring menu.

Local lads Ellis Rutsch and Tom Sime have joined the kitchen team at the Hope and Anchor in Ross-on-Wye as head chef and senior sous chef, and have now revealed what is on the menu for this season.

They have already worked together for nine years, most recently at the Severn and Wye Smokery, an award-winning restaurant with two AA rosettes. Head chef Mr Rutsch has also worked at the Whitebrook which has a Michelin star and four AA rosettes.

He said he is now excited to take on a new challenge at riverside restaurant and inn the Hope and Anchor and its sister venue, cocktail bar and event space the Pavilion.

Both of the chefs have a passion for using local produce and ingredients and have a good local following whom they plan to wow with their culinary delights in the riverside setting. The team work with suppliers from Hereford to produce seasonal menus.

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The new pub menu launched yesterday (March 29), with a selection of traditional pub grub and modern takes.

Here is the new restaurant menu at the Hope and Anchor for spring. Full details of the dishes can be found on the pub's website.

Nibbles - £4 each

  • Rosemary focaccia
  • Mixed olives
  • Toasted garlic ciabatta
  • Tempura gherkins

Starters - £7 to £9

  • Scotch egg
  • Soup
  • Smoked salmon rillette
  • Asparagus, hen's egg and hollandaise sauce
  • Crispy salt and pepper squid
  • Roasted beetroot salad
  • Crispy falafel and hummus

Mains - £15 to £25

  • Herefordshire steak burger
  • Cajun spiced chicken burger
  • Flat cap mushroom and halloumi burger
  • Flat cap mushroom and roasted red pepper burger
  • Fillet of Loch Duart salmon
  • Spring chicken breast
  • Cauliflower and aubergine katsu curry
  • Local rump of lamb
  • Pea and broad bean risotto
  • Fish pie
  • Fish and chips
  • Honey roast ham
  • Herefordshire rump steak
  • Herefordshire ribeye steak
  • Pork chop 

Sides - £4

  • Chargrilled tenderstem broccoli
  • Onion rings
  • Chunky chips
  • Fries
  • Garlic bread
  • Mixed salad

Desserts - £4.50 to £9.50

  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Vanilla creme brulee
  • Dark chocolate delice, chocolate tuile and soil
  • Roasted pineapple in spiced syrup, passion fruit cream and crushed meringue
  • Ice cream and sorbet
  • A selection of local cheeses