Today is brightened by the presence of our great friends Sid and Wanda plus the glorious sunbeams that are their offspring, Khid and Koala. Ahead of a planned visit to the Wilton Windmill, we are breaking for lunch at The Three Tuns in Great Bedwyn.
The Three Tuns is a Free House and always has a good range of beers on tap. The selection today includes: dark and stormy Black Oak from the Acorn Brewery; shining Rare Breed from the Butcombe Brewery; and, of course, the sunny Three Tuns Ale from the Betteridge’s Brewery. Sid and I aim to sample all three, between us, over lunch. Sid starts with the Rare Breed, I have the Three Tuns.
The pub has a lively atmosphere and there is a good children’s menu for Khid & Koala that arrives with pictures of the food in outline that can be coloured in by those who need to be kept amused. Some children probably arrive with a rainbow of colour crayons but Khid & Koala are already being entertained by the brown spotted dalmatian belonging to the diners at the next table.
Sid and I start with the crispy monkfish with a cold front of celeriac remoulade, red watercress & a hailstorm of gremolata. Wanda & Rock help by each having a mouthful of monkfish. We all agree the monkfish is really fine and the celeriac remoulade makes a good and slightly unusual accompaniment.
I move on to the Black Oak and Sid moves on to the Three Tuns Ale. Although we have breezed through the first two beers, Sid & I also recognise that the climate may change if we continue at this speed and nobody needs that sort of high pressure environment. Wanda, Rock & I all have the seared sea bass with Jersey Royals, confit duck, tenderstem broccoli & chicken sauce… which is just as good as it sounds. Sid is equally happy with his almost rare bavette steak with roasted bone marrow, a shower of hand cut chips & salad.
We have all really enjoyed the food here – the service has been excellent, the beer has been beautiful – once again, the Three Tuns has proved to be a great place for lunch. The sun is shining through the clouds and we can see the wind blowing outside – we can either visit the windmill or go and fly a kite or both!