As we were celebrating my wife's ??th Birthday, she asked our friends to join us for a meal at the SJB, Cadnam.
Although it was a Monday night, we were glad we booked, as when we arrived for a table at 19.30hrs, the majority of the tables were occupied.
When you approach the pub / restaurant you can imagine what it was like years and years ago arriving on a horse drawn carriage after travelling through the New Forest, as it was once on the main road between Southampton and Ringwood and beyond. Now sadly the roads bypass the SJB, so you have to know where it is to find it. Once you have found it, then you are in for a treat. It's a lovely thatched pub and although it is part of a chain of Pubs and Restaurants (Alcatraz), there is a local pub / restaurant feel to it.
My wife and I started with a selection of Tapas (Chorizo & Olives, Marinated anchovies with roasted garlic in oil, Calamari rings with Tartar sauce and Pitta bread to mop up all the lovely juices). Our friends starters were Carrot & Coriander soup, and a Pate of Chicken livers in Whisky. All nicely presented, and tasty.
The mains for the ladies, one went for Duck leg, and the other, Pork Medallions in a wild mushroom and cream sauce. The "Boys" both chose the Fillet of Sea Bass served with prawns, spinach & pea risotto & pesto. Unfortunately the Duck came out as another plate of Pork, but the error was spotted in the kitchen before we even mentioned it, and the plate was quickly replaced with the correct dish ordered.
All food served looked and tasted good.
The selection of wine and beer was excellent, and thoroughly recommend you try this place for your self
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