The Bell at Sapperton has been a favourite of ours for more than 10 years but, somehow and I really don’t know how, we haven’t been here for quite a while. The menu always features local produce and everything is freshly prepared. Plus, even though they are nowhere near the coast, they really know how to cook fish. Rock selects the Plaice with Smoked Haddock Croquette and Lemon Caper Butter. It soon becomes clear that they have not lost their touch!
I choose the Beef Cheek Bourguinon, Parsley Mash and Heritage Chantenay Carrots. The beef just falls apart and I coat each mouthful with the fabulous combination of parsley mash, vegetables and gravy.
I also love the fact that The Bell always offers an interesting range of ales – often including Hook Norton, Otter and Flying Monk. However, as my body is still recovering from recent overindulgence – I take the wise decision to have a pint of Guinness. It is a fine choice – possibly the best pint of Guinness I can remember having outside Ireland.
After both completely clearing our plates, we now decide to share the Pear Tart served with chantilly cream and home-made blackcurrant ice cream. When it arrives we are both slightly disappointed that it is more like a cake than a tart and that only a sliver of pear is visible. It is rescued by the ice cream – which tastes wonderful.
All in all, we are glad to be back and it won’t be too long before we return.