The Bell, Tanworth-in-Arden
A TRADITIONAL country pub with a modern twist is the perfect place for a Mother’s Day treat.
Part country pub, part gourmet bistro, even part village shop, the newly-refurbished Bell has retained its quintessentially English roots, with an added touch of sophistication. I ordered the twice-baked cheddar souffle to start, while Carl had the generous plate of white bait.
The cheese souffle was to die for, and chef certainly hadn’t skimped on the cheddar, while my friend’s perfectly fried fish, crunchy batter yet succulent flesh, was extremely moreish.
My lamb rump arrived for my main, in what may be the best gravy I’ve ever tasted (sorry mum), and tasty mash.
Carl once again plumped for the fish and wasn’t disappointed as his whole lemon sole, accompanied by dauphinoise potatoes, simply melted in the mouth.
With the good-value-for-money sized portions, we almost decided against a dessert. Almost.
But the last course certainly wasn’t least as the deliciously fruity crumble and sweet brownie Eton mess topped off a simply outstanding meal.
More gourmet than gastro, this little gem offers fantastic, friendly dining with a slice of country life.
Hannah Jennings Parry