An old favourite of ours, Made By Bob in Cirencester, has recently re-opened after refurbishment – so today is a good time to see how the place looks and to have some lunch. The most obvious change is that the deli section has moved to a separate building thereby creating more room for diners.
I order a bottle of the very local Corinium Gold from Corinium Ales. It is a bright golden ale packed with flavour – an excellent start to lunch. Rock chooses the salt cod & Gruyere beignets with parsley and an arrabiata dipping sauce. The beignets are beautiful and they work fantastically well with the arrabiata – made from garlic, tomatoes, chilli & olive oil.
I have been drawn to an unusual belly pork dish. The belly pork is grilled, served warm with a salad of french beans, cornichons, capers, grated egg and a mustard dressing. It is extraordinary and very different from the way that belly pork is traditionally served. The piquancy of the capers and the mustard dressing elevate the flavours of the whole dish.
We are so impressed by the quality so far that we consider dessert. Rock decides to save herself for afternoon tea but I am unable to leave without trying the bread & butter pudding with fresh cream. The first spoonful confirms that I have made an excellent choice. Pain au chocolat has been used as the base and the whole pudding dissolves in the mouth releasing a burst of sweet, almost certainly sinful, flavours. Wow!
I think that the process of refurbishment has somehow strayed onto the menu in a really positive way… no wonder they need more room for diners.