What's it like at The Last Crumb in Caversham
PUBLISHED: 06:24 05 January 2020
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The new Dodo Pub Co offering, The Last Crumb in Caversham, is well worth checking out
The Last Crumb is Caversham's latest drinking and dining venue by the Dodo Pub Co. All lit up with twinkling lights on Prospect Street, you couldn't miss it, and as we found a slot in the on-site car park and stepped through the door, the place was buzzing.
I thought it was reminiscent of the old Scream pubs, remember them? But perhaps a little more sophisticated, featuring an open kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven and a welcoming bar with counter dining, plus space for 200 diners.
We were made to feel right at home by the staff, who were happy to chat, as we took a seat in a whiteboard-table booth. This place has so many quirky elements, like the folded chairs hanging on the wall in case you need to pull up an extra pew, and the biscuit artwork. There's also a cool outdoor seating area at the front.
The menu features everyone's favourites, including Dodo burgers, Dodo pizzas, salad bowls, wings 'n' things, and they also serve brekkie and brunch.
You order at the bar, and we went for the Dirty Bird buttermilk chicken burger with hot dill pickles, shredded lettuce and smoky chipotle mayo in a sesame bun, and the Big D burger, made with a dry-aged prime beef pattie, cheese, beer-braised onions, streaky bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayo. We also orderd sides of sweet potato and cheese 'n' truffle fries. When they arrived on a tray they looked mouth-wateringly good, and we sliced them in half so we could each try both burgers. Both were delicious, but the chicken was our favourite. I'd go as far as to say it was the best chicken burger I'd ever had. This was all washed down with a pint of Dodo Lager, brewed especially for the pub, and it tasted refreshing.
We loved the vibe of the place. There were groups of students having a drink, couples enjoying an intimate meal and people working on their laptops. It felt so laid-back and comfortable. A place for all.
Who can resist a salted caramel chocolate brownie? Not me, so we both had one of those with a cup of coffee in funky yellow and red cups for dessert.
The Last Crumb runs happy hours, live music nights, pub quizzes, plus open-air cinema nights, so we have plenty of reasons to return, if not for another amazing chicken burger.