Sometimes something special happens which makes you smile and feel that all that what you are doing is worthwhile – the following is that something special!
Not so much a review but more of a short story. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thank you Mike! (no relation)
Ok, picture the scene...we drive from South Wales for a while down the North Somerset coast to find somewhere nice to eat near the sea. But Clevedon, then Burnham were bathed in a dull grey mist. Couldn't even see the sea, Then the wife says.."Give it up as a bad job and let's find somewhere nice for Sunday lunch". So she fires up Trip Adviser and sets the SATNAG to the Clavelshay Barn. SATNAG takes us to a field. We ignore it and find a farm. The cows nod sagely and we rock up at the farm where there is a fully functioning restaurant. I am cynical. I give the wife the sort of look that I reserve for some of her more...left-field ideas.
Ok, so we are warmly welcomed. Ok, so the place is buzzing. Ok, we should have booked but we are squeezed in and presented with a thoroughly good menu.
I am warming to the wife's flight of lunacy.
Three courses later and I am practically ready to leave my credit card behind the bar. Starters were smoked pheasant (delicious) and black pudding served with a bantam egg and a fresh salad with a delicate dressing. Main courses were roast pork (reared on the farm) and roast beef which was cooked to perfection. Roasted beetroot and other clean, fresh, perfectly cooked veg.
The owner is charm itself, engaging and keen to tell us about produce that is so local she even flavours vodka with flowers from her garden. The main courses are first rate and I look lovingly at the wife who has discovered this little belter. I think we'll give it a few more years.
Then she orders dessert. For her, a sticky toffee pudding and for me a delightfully fresh medley of roasted pineapple, lemon sorbet and a delicate creme brulee. The welsh word is "bendigedig".
And a glass of the owners homemade Christmas pudding vodka is given free. And the coffee is great. And the owner talks to you about food and ideas for dishes and recipes and I am buying her homemade Seville Orange Marmalade. And we are swapping Twitter accounts and...
Sorry, I may be raving a bit.
It's just a delight to find a place where the owners have a passion for fresh, great local produce cooked well. No mucking about. Great ingredients, cooked beautifully, well presented on the plate and an atmosphere that is as warm and hearty as the roast beef Sunday roast.
So well done the wife and well done the chef and well done the Clavelshay Barn.
Next time no risks. We'll book a table. I am not driving 70 miles from Wales with the risk of not being able to eat here.
Total bill for two was around £50 including drinks, three courses and coffee. Excellent value for money in my book. It's now 11.30pm at night and we are still talking about it. It's that good.