ESP's food reporter Kelly Jackson teams some tasty Thai food with a few brain teasers as she dines out at the regular Brewery Tap quiz night in Peterborough...

Mention the word ‘quiz’ and you can guarantee I’ll be there. Although I cannot promise I’ll be on the winning team! It’s the taking part that counts, anyway. Which is what I soon discovered when I was invited to make up a team at the weekly quiz at The Brewery Tap in Peterborough.

Before the competitiveness got underway it was time to umm and ahh over the delicious Thai food for which the pub is known. Although I’ve visited often, I always make sure to try something different from the menu.

Thai food is among my top three favourites and in my opinion, the quality of the food at The Brewery Tap is just as good as any I tasted in the Land of Smiles (it’s just a shame we can’t also get the weather to match in Peterborough)!

On this occasion (and for no other reason than it was our first quiz night) it was a three- course Thai feast. As the quiz takes place in the function room, that’s where we dined in anticipation of the evening’s entertainment. There’s nothing worse than having to bolt down your food.

The ambience of the room was calm and relaxing (perhaps to get everyone in the mood)? With a giant Buddha looking over at us from the wall, it was like a Thai oasis.

Excellent customer service made the evening even more enjoyable. Us guests in the function room had our very own waitress, who chatted and joked with everyone throughout the night. I only had to think about what I wanted to drink next, and she appeared at our table ready to take orders. Wonderful!

Likewise, the jovial quiz master talked to all quizzers in the room, sliding up to each table during the breaks to find out how each team was getting on.

The meal didn’t feel rushed in the slightest. In fact, it was a nice change to be able to spread the three courses throughout the evening, knowing we could take our time as we were here for the duration.

Our tempura vegetable starter (a huge plateful which we shared among our group) was served before the quiz got underway. We were halfway through our main course – mine being special fried rice with chicken – when the questions kicked off. The presentation of my special fried rice was Instagram-worthy, and it took me until the end of the third round to polish it off.

That didn’t stop me from ordering dessert – who else has a sweet tooth? I just couldn’t resist the mint ice cream with chocolate sauce. A single portion was big enough for two at the very least!

Love quizzes? Partial to a taste of Thailand? Tuesday evenings at The Brewery Tap are where you need to be. You might even be lucky enough to win a cash prize – my team narrowly missed out on nabbing the jackpot, but we weren’t too worried. We’re already planning our next quiz night.

Quiz nights at The Brewery Tap take place every Tuesday in the function room at 8pm.

Kelly Jackson

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