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Tucked in a little corner of The Grandstand is The Ascot, a “gastrogrub” promising “authentic English comfort food and great beer”. I may not be British, but given the recent dreary London-style drizzle in Singapore, I could do with some comforting.
We started with an earthy smoked tomato soup ($8) served with Turkish bread, and a cold cut platter ($18) topped with a brilliantly runny scotch egg. The menu boasts a delightful list of all-time British classics. Rich and flavourful minced beef in the cottage pie ($22) is topped with crisp, golden, cheesy mash. Our favourite was the bunch of bangers ($20) – veal, garlic and thyme and Cumberland – with bubble and squeak on the side, drizzled with onion gravy.
At this point, since all diets have gone out the window, we went straight for the fried Mars bars ($8) with hokey pokey ice cream (vanilla with crunchy bits of honeycomb). Sinfully sweet, gooey and absolutely worth every bite.
The Brothers Toffee Apple Cider ($15) gets the thumbs up. Other familiar names include Fullers London Pride ($15) and Old Speckled Hen ($15).
The Ascot also does a wicked Sunday roast from 4.30pm and opens till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays; two reasons to head back.
Must-try Dish: Fried Mars bars with hokey pokey ice cream