British pubs have come a long way since the dark old days of ‘warm beer and cold food,’ richly evidenced by The Boot Inn’s approach to the pub experience. This charming pub and restaurant has all the traditional bits, mixed with plenty of modern touches. It combines unusual, high-class food with the finest wines and beers, all against the background of a perfect country pub atmosphere.
The beauty of the Boot Inn is apparent. From the beautiful white washed traditional exterior to the contemporary interior. Quality is apparent throughout, there is a lot of attention to detail in the furnishings from the artwork to the comfortable seating, and dark wood warm interior to fresh food and a family driven service.
The Delicious team were invited to join the restaurant to sample their new menu with Chef Hash who has created some wonderful delights. The menu itself is modern – its thrust firmly British, but also mixing ingredients from all around the world. There’s definitely a high degree of skill and imagination in the kitchen.
First out to try was the Fillet of free-range pork, charred gem, orzo pasta, nettle pesto and chorizo crumb. The pork is vacuum packed in pouches and bathed in water to cook with added seasoning, leaving the pork juicy and delicious!
We also got to try a plethora of other dishes: Rose veal, blue cheese, balsamic onions, wild garlic gremolata braised leeks; Ginger and tamarind duck with Thai omelette, spring roll, pickled radish, bok choy, miso, black sesame dressing – the presentation was great and it tasted heavenly, one of the favourites for everyone sampling the menu!
The slow cooked lamb shoulder, pressed belly melted in my mouth with pea puree and caramelised cauliflower granola; Crispy Mushroom risotto cakes, charred English asparagus, homemade ricotta; Grilled masala lamb chops, tamarind ketchup, crispy onion crumble, mint; and Pearl barley risotto, pickled candy beetroot, homemade ricotta, hazelnut and garlic. The food is tremendous.
Vegetarians are also spoilt for choice. Some of the veggie delights include: Pearl barley risotto, pickled candy beetroot, homemade ricotta, hazelnut and garlic and cauliflower florets in a Korean sauce, which were crispy and cooked to perfection.
Chef Hash said, “with food you are constantly evolving, my cooking style is not the same as it was last year – I’m always looking for new things to try and ingredients/styles to experiment with.”
It was a real treat to have been asked to sample the new menu and it’s clear that The Boot Inn is a country pub with a modern twist, serving the best quality food you’ll find served with love and passion. It’s a family driven business and we felt that the service was very personal and friendly. Definitely one of the best gastro pubs around.
They also have a large beer garden for everyone to enjoy with an awesome teepee, which gets booked up quickly! The teepee holds 25-30 people and is available to hire for private events. Fire pits can be used to heat the teepee on colder days.