21 April 2009
When a pub exceeds all your expectations........
Am I in a dream, so drunk it doesn't matter or I just could be in one of the few pubs on the planet that is the real deal. Fortunately I am in the latter, "the Hind's Head" or as many know, Heston B's pub which was at the end of my 40 mile cycle from London.
I simply cannot recall a pub meal that tasted this good. Our table of 3 devoured...
Powdered Duck with Fig jam (really) - Winner of the 3 by a nose
Hind's Head Tea Smoked Salmon
Lemon sole n Crab
Chicken, ham and leek Pie (winner)
T'bone in triple cooked chips
+ extra chips (which are so good it defies belief)
British Cheeses which whilst interesting were not earth shattering.
I suppose my only criticism is that it is too perfect ! The interior is so spot on that you could be excused for thinking you turned up in a faux pub at Disneyland. Fortunately the food is the real deal.
While the Fat Duck menu looked very intriguing from this side of the street, I have to admit I could not have been more satisfied with the fare that lay infront of me. Perhaps I am a simple man at heart.
With a business this good it must be tempting for Heston to spread the love and do a "Gordon Ramsay Holdings", I just personally hope he keeps it unique (i.e. 1).
Hind's Head Hotel