(It is a shame one can't review the Blacksmith's Arms as a restaurant, not just as a hotel, but there is no entry for it in the restaurants list.)
We called into the Blacksmith’s Arms today for the first time in a while, to find that it is under new ownership and has been for a whole week. The place has been redecorated and is light and bright; one particular change is that the tables which ran along the front wall beside the bar have been moved, to allow space for drinkers as well as eaters – they are listening to the locals, who said “We want our pub back!” The staff are all friendly and welcoming; we were introduced to Bill, one of the new owners (the other is Adam) and were told the background of Mark, the chef, who has trained in Michelin-starred kitchens.
The menu is brief to start with, until everything is fully up and running; however, the choices are all tempting. The ingredients are fresh and mainly local, and the menu is changed every day to allow for what is available. The previous emphasis on fish is no longer there, but who knows what will happen as time passes?
We ate a light lunch of home-made fishcakes (actually made with plenty of fish, rather than mostly potatoes as some pubs do) and I indulged in a “brioche French toast with Nutella maple syrup” which was rich and sinful. While we ate, several other couples arrived, mostly pre-booked, and word seems to be getting around! Before we left we booked for lunch on Sunday week; it will be interesting to see what their roasts are like. A photo which Bill had on his phone of last Sunday’s roast beef showed it deliciously rare!
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