Nov 072014
 
Pork belly and scallops
Dining Experience
Damage to wallet
Warm Glow Upon Leaving
The Good: A solid pub with decent gastro food, an interesting wine list, and very attentive service
The Bad: Despite lovely new woodburner and acoustic damping, the ambiance in the restaurant at the rear is still not conducive to relaxing
Number of Visits: 1

The usual Gastropub interior decor of exposed brick and chalkboards greet punters of the Butcher’s Hook, Ravenscourt. Following its rebirth from The Thatched, the building has been spruced up a little with a new porch and new wood burning fire in the back restaurant area, affording this large airy room a little more warmth and character for evening dining.

The bar has an interesting selection of wines; we plumped for a bottle of the Palliser Estate Riesling, Martinborough, New Zealand, 2011 after polishing off a welcome Sipsmith Gin and Fever Tree tonic.

Service was excellent: chatty, friendly, informative and responsive.

Chilli and Garlic King Prawns with Lemon Mayo

Chilli and Garlic King Prawns with Lemon Mayo

Chargrilled 10 oz Rib-eye Steak, Chunky Chips and Salad with Ber

Chargrilled 10 oz Rib-eye Steak, Chunky Chips and Salad with Ber

By a long way my favourite dishes were the pork belly and scallops (huge, plump, delicious things they were), and the lamb two-ways. Those broad beans were gorgeous too.

Pork belly and scallops

Pork belly and scallops

Lamb Two Ways with Seasonal Greens

Lamb Two Ways with Seasonal Greens

Grilled Halloumi, Courgette, Roasted Tomato and Fennel Salad

Grilled Halloumi, Courgette, Roasted Tomato and Fennel Salad

Red Fruit Crumble with Vanilla Ice cream

Red Fruit Crumble with Vanilla Ice cream

Red Fruit Crumble with Vanilla Ice cream

Red Fruit Crumble with Vanilla Ice cream

Lemonade Passionfruit and Lime and Blood Orange Sorbet

Lemonade Passionfruit and Lime and Blood Orange Sorbet

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