The Berkeley Arms

February 23, 2015

I had a really splendid meal at the Berkeley Arms in Wymondham last week (it’s around half-way between Melton and Oakham).

Chef Neil and front of house manger Louise met at Hambleton Hall and their pedigree is clear. The pub runs with relaxed skill that makes the customer feel important without any formality.

We started with close-textured but light and springy Hambleton bread with great salty butter. Starters of  terrine of ham hock with a sharp, crunchy piccallili and a pork and black pudding paté with apple compote were beautifully made and presented – great technique.  A smoked salmon and crab roulade also had  salsa of avocado with finely diced cucumber and showed great flavour combinations.

(from The Berkeley Arms website)

(from The Berkeley Arms website)

A main of beef fillet had was superb and my braised leg of hare was perfect February  comfort food, brilliantly matched with poached pear and caramelised walnuts for crunch and taste.   There was a more delicate approach on show with tender loin of rabbit that had been wrapped in spinach and parma ham. The dish looked stunning and again showed a high level  of classic skills. Saucing on all three dishes was impeccable.

Perfect rice pudding had a brulée topping and a side of brandy-infused prunes, while a hefty vanilla pannacotta wobbled provocatively, surrounded by pared segments of blood orange.

Highly recommended for those wanting great food in a country pub environment. Booking needed, certainly at weekends.

For my full review in the Leicester Mercury  – go here

 

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