The Buck Pub

High St



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The Buck Pub
High St
LL13 0BU

Situated close to the river in Bangor On Dee, The Buck, has had an extensive revamp, both in the layout and the quality of food. 
Boasting a classic pub layout, in addition to a snug, dining room and big screen area, The Buck certainly seems one for all occasions. 
Having spent many an hour in The Buck as a child, it was the first time I had been back since it reopened late last year. 
We were seated in the pub area, with a fire roaring in the corner and music creating a good, but not overbearing atmosphere. 
The menu had a wide range of options to choose from, varying from the pub classics like pie of the day, fish and chips and a burger, to dishes such as braised featherblade of beef, pan-fried seabass and chicken schnitzel. 
However, the first obstacle to overcome was choosing starters. 
My partner was delighted when she saw frickles (£4.50) were on the menu. A fried pickle may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the batter was light and crispy and they were gone in almost an instant. 
I went for the pork and black pudding scotch egg (£5) which was really good. 
The taste of the black pudding was there, but not too heavy, the egg was cooked perfectly, and we were off to a good start. 
For mains, my partner went for the double cheeseburger (£15), which looked very good. 
Served on a brioche bun, alongside some fries and coleslaw, it was presented really nicely. 
It must have tasted as good as it looks as there was nothing left at the end, which is always a good sign. 
I chose the BBQ babyback ribs (£17.50).
Normally when ordering ribs the portion size is that big, it gets to a point where they overcome you, but not with this. 
There were enough ribs that you weren't disappointed, but paired with the remainder of the dish and it was a perfect size. 
The BBQ ribs garnished with chilli and rocket were accompanied by some fries, coleslaw and corn on the cob. 
The ribs were delicious, soft enough that they fell off the bone and almost melted in my mouth. 
The corn was cooked on the griddle so it had those nice charred marks, the fries, and coleslaw again were very nice. 
A side of lightly battered onion rings were ordered but with eyes bigger than our bellies, they were left on the table (£3.50). 
Sadly there was no room for dessert, but a brownie, apple crumble or sticky toffee pudding could have easily tempted me on another day. 
The staff were helpful and friendly, but we did have to wait a while for our plates to be cleared. 
The total came to £48, with a coke and a lemonade added on. 
While it may not be the cheapest, just under £50 for a two-course meal and a drink isn't too bad.
Overall, I was impressed.