Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Review: The Lazy Toad, Bampford Speke

As it was my birthday last week, and the girlfriend and I hadn't spent a proper evening together since our move to Devon, we decided to go for a meal. We went to the Lazy Toad on my head chef's recommendation on the Southern Fried Rabbit. Unfortunately they didn't have SFR on the menu that evening. Fortunately they didn't have it on the menu because the menu is changed daily, allowing the chef's to take advantage of the local, seasonal produce. 

For starters I had potted Cornish Crab with garden salad leaves and melba toast and the girlfriend had confit of duck, black pudding and pistachio terrine with rowan berry and quince jelly. For mains I had local wild rabbit with Anna potato and bashed swede and carrot and the girlfriend had slow roasted Westcountry belly pork, turnip and potato gratin, apple sauce and trotter sauce.

The food was devine, the service great and the landlord friendly. I got chatting to the landlord after our meal and he explained that behind the pub is a pollytunnel with all the beg they use, plus they have lambs to keep the grass down which make their way onto the autumn menu. They also grow all they're own herbs. 

The bar had local ales and ciders and a great range of wines including a comprehensive desert wine menu.

The whole meal, including two drinks cost us £53, and I felt that it was worth every penny and hope that we can return soon to see what else the menu has to offer.

Sam x 

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