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“Steak Special - And it was Indeed Special”

The Blackwood Arms Country Inn
Ranked #1 of 21 Restaurants in Burnham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $24
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A quintessential example of a traditional English Inn. Home cooked local produce, 6 real ales and a great selection of wines by the glass. Open Log fires, country walks and scenic views. Dogs, horses kids n critters all welcome Open Bank Holiday`s
Reviewed June 7, 2014

We have been to the Blackwood Arms many time and always enjoyed it but last nights meal was particularly good.

We both chose one of the specials, Debbie had the dressed crab which she was really pleased with that.

I chose the fillet steak, served with fondant potatoes, asparagus, wild mushrooms and red wine jus. Now that alone sounds great but the chef surpassed himself with how well it was cooked with my usual challenge kid having it cooked well done. I.e. No pink/blood. It was stunning flavour, moist and the chef explained how he had cooked it afterwards so as to avoid the usual risk of it turning out as a hockey puck. Superb approach and one I will try at home.

If you have not tried Blackwood Arms then make the effort. Sean and the team never fail to impress

Cheers,

Campbell and Debbie

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1  Thank CampbellandDebbie
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Whoopwhoop251, Owner at The Blackwood Arms Country Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Thank you for your review,
these days its a tough game , so good bad or indifferent its important to acknowledge our customers.
I will pass your response to my wonderfull chef " Sammy , and our Butcher Dougie, Castle Meats "
Regards Sean n Nessi

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

We visited with friends one chilly midweek evening towards the end of May and were pleased to see our table had been reserved near a lovely log fire. The pub has a lovely ambience and I imagine it would be a really cosy place on a winter’s evening. There were already diners at most of the other tables, so would recommend that you reserve your table in advance.

Although a Brakspear pub, The Blackwood Arms had 6 ales on that night, both Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold, Wychwood Hobgoblin and three others all new to me. An unusual but very welcome feature of this pub is that you can purchase a “paddle of beers” comprising three 1/3rd pint samples for £3.90 - so I tried all three “unknown ones” and I was not disappointed. The beers are all well kept.

When it came to ordering food, the waitress was friendly and efficient, repeating our order to ensure no mistakes or misunderstandings. The menu provides a number of dishes available in two different sizes - other pubs should take note. There is also a compact specials board. The food can be either quite imaginative or traditional pub fayre (a fairly big choice for a country pub) - everything was well presented and tasty.

We enjoyed our trip to The Blackwood Arms and look forward to another visit if the summer properly starts, so we can try out the beer garden - the view looks enticing. Everything was just as we would have wished - the welcome, the service, the food and the drinks. The pub caters for those with dogs, horses (hitching rail opposite the front door!) or muddy boots and it looks like there would be some good woodland walks nearby. Recommended.

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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Excellent staff, Landlord Landlady and an amazing chef. So many thoughtful touches. Can't rave about the food enough! Nothing is to much trouble. The cares and woes leave at the door (and this is before you sample the lovely wine!) Beautiful views to the rear of the pub. Well done and roll on the weekend!

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Reviewed May 18, 2014

We came here on a Sunday lunch after the 4.5 mile walk. We had a table outside as it was a lovely day and the server kindly found us an umbrella so that the dog could sit in the shade. The setting was lovely overlooking the fields in a pretty little gazebo and the garden is well kept. I had the special - the dressed crab - which was very fresh and a nice change and my husband had a (very large!) burger which he enjoyed. The sticky toffee pudding was great.

The only thing that slightly marred our visit was the service. I know that they were busy but it was rather haphazard and we had to wait a long while for our main plates to be cleared and to order dessert and then the server came back ten minutes later as she has forgotten what we'd ordered. It was a lovely pub - especially being dog friendly - and we would return but expect a leisurely experience!

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Whoopwhoop251, Owner at The Blackwood Arms Country Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2014

Hi and thanks for your honest comments, yes unfortunately Sundays are an extremely busy day.
A victim of its own success.
However we always try to maintain our service levels.
Thanks again Sean

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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Dropped in for lunch, pub opens at 1200.
Met by friendly and helpful staff. Many menu items have a small size option - which is a very good feature.
Good range of well kept draught beers, pub is currently running a Brakspear's scheme of 1/3 rd pint glasses, which gives an opportunity to sample many beers without liver damage.
Food was well cooked and well worth eating. Because you have control over portion sizes, no need to leave anything or feel bloated.
We will return - if we can find it again! Although it is well worthhuntingout.

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