The Squirrel Inn is situated just off the A3 in the village of Hurtmore and boasts a variety of locally sourced food, and the perfect place for a family gathering.
A stark comparison to the week we have had, it was a lovely sunny Saturday evening, and all the more reason to dine alfresco. For once the garden furniture was comfortable and not so squeezed together you felt you were eating on each others laps. The menu had a good mix of fish, meat and vegetarian choices that would suit everyone. Although the starters sounded rather scrummy, we skipped these and went straight for the mains.
Cooked a beautiful medium, this melt in the mouth chateaubriand was spot on. The button mushrooms were cooked in butter, none of this fried in oil nonsense, and the cut with caution vine tomatoes were deliciously sweet. Finally a place where they give you a jug of sauce that is more than enough for your whole dinner, rather than most places where your scraping the steak around the jug in desperation, willing it to magically refill. The only downside to the sauce was it being all cream and not a lot of peppercorn. When I think of chips with steak I think chunky, skin on and rustic; chips have got to be done properly. Now with our Sherlock hats on we were rather suspect that these chippies were previously frozen…. dun dun duuuun! No fluffy innards or crisp outer, just a bit limp and anaemic.
Sea Bass has to be one of my all time favourite fish dishes to have and is my go-to fish dish when out and about. Pan-fried to perfection, albeit a tad odd the skin wasn’t crispy, the spinach had a bite to it and the potatoes were crushed, skin on, into a tower of buttery goodness. I think there must be a lemon shortage given the bit of lemon looked more like it was meant for my Diet Coke than to squeeze over my dinner. It all married together perfectly, and then enter the crayfish. A step to far here Squirrel Inn. The crayfish were nice but just not required with an already tasty dish.
All in all it was delicious. A few tweaks here and there, however we left very satisfied, stuffed to the brim, and would happily return. With food of that standard, The Squirrel Inn is in real need of some TLC and a freshen up. If you want a delicious meal, executed far higher than you would ever imagine from a pub, this is a must try. If nothing else go for a light bite and a drink in the garden.
For more information and current menu visit The Squirrel Inn website here.
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