We were on a relaxing weekend away and on the spur of the moment decided to eat away from the hotel we were staying in (but that's ANOTHER story)
So we headed for the nearest village and came across Lenham. V, Pretty village square with a couple of pub/hotels and a fish and chips restaurant. It was almost a spin the bottle type choice and having checked out the menus settled on the Dog & Bear.
It was delightful. I started with panfried prawns which were beautifully cooked and seasoned. My other half settled on the duck pate which was rich and tasty and so large a portion that I managed to sneak off with some at the end. I in no way regretted my choice, but I would have been happy to swap if some natural disaster had occurred which necessitated it. As it was we both moved on to various incarnations of cod. I plumped for the oven baked loin but asked if I could forgo the lentils and the kitchen was obliging and swapped them crushed new potatoes. The other cod was the beer battered variety with chips and mushy peas. The chips were crispy and fresh and the mushy peas actually tasted of peas. The batter was light and the cod was juicy - a winner all round. And so to pudding - always a tricky choice. I took the brownie with dark chocolate sauce and clotted cream ice cream which I loved. However, the Capuccino brulee was sensational. I seriously considered if I could manage a second pud but common sense prevailed. By the time the surprisingly modest bill arrived we were two stuffed and happy customers. Luckily it was a short stagger over to the car and a not much further drive back to our hotel. Next time I might be tempted to stay at the hotel attached. But I urge you to get yourselves there and demand the pate and the brulee. Don't worry about the main course - just have two of each,,,, Oh and the staff were lovely too, even to a rather repulsive and obnoxious drunk woman who having scarfed down her food decided at pretty much the last bite that it was 'disgusting' and 'inedible'. The staff behaved impeccably. I'd have asked her to leave - but that's why I don't run a restaurant. Well done Dog and Bear.
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