I have never, not once, been disappointed by the Pilgrims at Lovington. I thoroughly doubt I ever will. I am welcomed through the door like a long time friend by Sally. Sally keeps a wonderful array of local ales and ciders which continue to tempt me each time I stop in. Sally is front of house and what a visual presentation she creates. I am very attention to detail orientated and really do enjoy the way Sally presents the front of house. The behind the scenes magic is the work of Jools, a culinary genius. I have eaten foods that I would ordinarily shy away from, if not reject completely and yet when Jools presents them on the plate, I cannot refuse let alone turn away. The flavours, the colour combinations and the presentation rival any of the Michelin chefs I have had food from. But those are just window dressing and pale to the taste that Jools is able to extract from the locally sourced ingredients. During my last visit Jools presented me with beetroot that was cooked in such a manner it was brilliant to eat. I shared my conversation with a couple who are local and as it turned out, the gentleman was the farmer who grew and supplied the very beetroot I was savouring. The conversation and the meal all added up to being a night I will not forget. Here I am sharing the experience with you and find my mouth watering again, now that is what every meal should do. Sadly there is only one Jools and Sally but gladly they are living their dream by being our host at the Pilgrims at Lovington. For those who need more time to digest their meal, there is a lovely open fire in the sitting area away from theseating area of the restaurant. I also enjoy the very well presented rooms in the hotel that Sally runs. This also allows me to enjoy one of Jools exquisite breakfast which means my dining experience just goes on and on, much to my pleasure. The only disappointing thing for me is having to say good by, with the wait until I can return again.
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