Id been for a trip to Blandford Forum to get some Christmas atmosphere. Having been laid up on the sofa under a blanket for four days with the worst cough and cold, and to tired to cook, I desperately wanted a good home cooked meal, a winter filler. I fancied Steak and Kidney pudding but of the two places I checked in Blandford, one only did baguettes or cottage pie at lunchtime (ON A SATURDAY IN THE LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS???) and the Hotel was rather too fussy a menu for what I wanted.
I toured the villages, stopped at one that was empty, cold, unexciting menu and no one came to say hello, another that was more welcoming but still an uninspiring menu, the third was getting there but still no quite the ambience and finally.......I came upon The Green Man, almost in desperation as I was also running out of petrol.
The outside belies the welcome and food within. As I walked in I was immediately greeted by a lovely gentleman behind the bar, the fire was a cookin to my right and the specials menu sung out with things like venison bourgingone (or however its spelt!), beef stew and dumplings, liver and bacon, all clearly home cooked. I ordered the beef stew and dumplings which came with creamy mash and a dish full of fresh veg. Even though I was hungry and attempted valiantly to eat it all, it beat me. It was really very good. And with a nice cup of tea (sorry beer fans, not today!) it was just what the Doctor ordered. Its a bit out of the way for a visit direct from home, but I would definitely eat there again and would recommend it. The interior is bedded in comfy local pub so anyone wanting a fashion pub, this is unlikely to be for you, but if youre hungry, close your eyes!!
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