If I find a good place to eat...I usually like to share it on the "Eating out with food intolerance" section here on Henibean. Two weeks ago during half term we found a fab venue during our day out at The Sculpture Park (see last weeks post ...The Sculpture Park)...and today I'd like to tell you a little about it.
Bel and The Dragon is a cosy classic country Inn, nestled between the historic town of Farnham & the Devil’s Punch Bowl...not only did we think the Bel and Dragon had an apt name... after seeing the magnificent Dragon at the Sculpture park .... but it was in the ideal location too.... a mere stones throw away, and short wander over the road from the park entrance. This meant that we were able to walk around half the park, have lunch, and then after refueling, walk (or should I say roll) back again to do the rest of it....
I don't know if you have any sensitivities to food (possibly if you are reading this)... but if you do and you are anything like me, you may get rather tired of going somewhere and feeling like there is either only one item, (or no item) on the menu that is suitable to have. If there is something, then it is a rare place that has the ability to make that one thing appetizing and a real treat to eat... and make the whole process a pleasure to dine without making you feeling like you are an "inconvenience".
It was lovely to walk into the Bel and The Dragon, read the menu and know that there would be a number of choices that I could eat without even having to inform the staff of my food intolerance's. However it was only made better when the waiting staff said that the cheff's could cook anything for me. It had been a long time since I had been somewhere and been spoiled for choice... and it was a novel but pleasant dilemma figuring out what I actually wanted to eat!
.... For those of you who live in the south of England I would recommend you add this one to your "list of places to go and eat out"... and it would be well worth the drive...
....For those of you who live further afield you can take inspiration from the menu (if you can read it... sorry it didn't come out very clear!).... maybe incorporate some ideas into your future food creations....look at the pictures.... and probably get hungry!
Pictures are always better that words so here are some of the orders....
First the non gluten foodies choices of starters...
The Hungry boy had the blueberry pancakes and crispy bacon
Hubby had the Spring Pea and mint soup
Daughter number two had Poached duck egg and avacado with hollondaise sauce
....and then I had salad of duck, spring onion and radishes in a toasted sesame seed and pomegranate dressing (gluten free dairy free)... very tasty!
The mains were:-
D2 had Roasted suckling pig with spiced apple chutney, roast potatoes and a side of spring greens, samphire and asparagus.
The boys had Sunday roasts with Yorkshire pudding and side order of mixed veg....(a great British classic!)
I had the roasted Atlantic cod (miso and lime) on a bed of carrot and orange, and shaved cucumber and a side of spring greens, samphire and asparagus (gluten free, dairy free)...I had never thought of a miso and lime combination but again it was a great flavour!
And some of the deserts....
....and raspberry sorbet as the gluten free dairy, free desert
We didn't anticipate having a three course meal when we went in the restaurant and envisaged a quick bite to eat and back to the sculpture trail... but somehow we got enticed by all the lovely dishes and spent a good few hours sitting, chatting, eating and having some good quality family time. We don't tend to eat out and splurge on food very often and so it makes it even more memorable when we do. It all adds to creating those precious memories and traditions that I hope my children will look back on with fondness one day. The combination of the park and the meal made a great day out so if you are venturing out or looking for ideas, I would suggest you do both... and if you live on a different continent, perhaps this summer you can see if there is anything similar to The Sculpture Park near where you live and find a nice venue (like the Bel and The Dragon) to eat at near by...... why not go take the family and make some of your own memories on a fun day out?
Whatever you do...I hope you have a great week.
...until next week.
I didn't realize that Bel and The Dragon have some venues closer to where I live too.... and so I am hoping that we will get a chance to go check them out too in the near future.
If you would like to read some more "Eating out with food intolerance" posts you can click below:-
Thailand No1 Lincoln, England
Glo Reykjavik, Iceland
Hungry boys birthday cake
Webbe's at the fish cafe in Rye, England
The Cliff's restaurant, Malta
Green's of Grasmere Cumbria, England
Chesters by the river Cumbria, England
Lucy's in Ambleside Cumbria, England