We took a short spring break in Blockley, staying in a cottage (see my other reviews). The owner of the cottage recommended Lower Brook House (LBH) as a special, nearby place to eat so I emailed them (via their web site) several weeks before our departure. I received a very prompt reply from the owner, Julian, confirming that a table for two had been reserved.
As others have said, Lower Brook House is a wonderful old building in a beautiful setting. Julian told us that it dates back to 1620. Upon arrival, we were shown to a delightful room with a much needed log fire (this was the infamous sub-zero Easter weekend of 2013!) and comfy sofas. So very civilised and more enjoyable than simply sitting at individual tables waiting for dinner to arrive. We very much enjoyed chatting to some Austrian guests who were staying at LBH for the weekend.
The menu is short and succinct but everything sounded delicious. My diet is quite restricted but I had no problems deciding upon a main course. Note that there are no starters. Not really a problem and the menu is clearly labelled “supper” not “dinner”. I chose lamb curry, pilau rice and naan bread (the latter was eaten by my husband but smelt very good) and my partner chose a pastry topped fish pie. Supper courses are all very reasonably priced: most are under £15 and nothing was above £18. The menu exactly reflects the one shown on the LBH web site so you can check it out beforehand if needed.
Once your meal is ready you are shown to your table in the beautiful old dining room. Service was impeccable throughout. Water and wine glasses are topped up regularly. A perfect balance of formality and friendliness prevailed. Both meals were simple, yet very tasty.
The wine menu is extremely pricey and not at all congruent with the food prices. We opted for a South African Chenin Blanc / Sauvignon Blanc (£21) – almost, but not quite, the cheapest bottle on the menu. It was good (‘Slowine’ brand) but nonetheless over-priced.
I normally opt for a starter and main course and omit the pudding but there was no excuse not to try the desserts. They are to die for! All priced at £5 – the lemon posset and baked Alaska were both heavenly. Other options were a pear and chocolate crème brûlée and a crumb coated home-made apple ice cream; confirmed as equally delicious by the other diners in the room.
I highly recommend LBH for an alternative dining experience. For us, it made the ideal Saturday night special treat sandwiched between our other two meals out at the local pub.
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