the Craft Guild of Chefs 'Pub Chef' Restaurant Award.
Lets not forget AJ, a more charming and funny FOH you're not likely to find and a visit to The Parkers arms feels less like a restaurant and more like you're with friends and you're being properly looked after. Plus Sam the dog gets loads of treats too.
Bacon on the beech Tasting Menu 07/02/2014. Stosie did this taster menu for us - our only proviso was Mrs B's aversion for liver and pigeon.
Skins n things. Potato & pork Skins, chutney. The pork skins especially were a revelation. The potato skins I find a tad too hard.
Goosnargh chicken skin & parfait. Beautiful. I can't get enough of chicken skin like this, we had some at L'enclume recently.
Mushroom parfait, soused mushrooms.
Warm Parkers corned beef in dripping, molasses bread. One of our favourites of the meal, as far away from tinned corned beef as you'd imagine. The home made bread was superb.
A few things for us were slightly over salted (the soup, and a few parfaits), but we tend to under-salt at home and chefs often add salt more than we would so it's more of a personal thing rather than a criticism. (Chef had also had a root canal operation so was feeling slightly under par. I'd never have guessed it from the food coming out).
Crab parfait, soused fennel & cucumber, lemon jelly. Stosie knows how much I love this and wonderfully made it especially, despite the fact that it was tricky to get supplies of crab due to the bad weather. Now that's service for you!
Grilled mackerel, rhubarb leaves salad, roast & fresh rhubarb. Excellent.
Braised Newton rabbit, creamed mash, buttered kale, crispy bacon.
A surprise big hit with us, and made us realise that we really like rabbit. The mash is perfect. I'm now asking Mrs B if we can have mash like Parkers at home.
Orange caramel flan, caramelised oranges. Such a pretty dish, the desserts here are always excellent. The only thing was the thin peel is quite bitter, perhaps I shouldn't have eaten that bit!
Parkers in house fresh warm ricotta, oat crunch, rhubarb jelly, purée and roasted. I adore rhubarb but the ricotta wasn't my favourite, there was something in the texture I wasn't sure about.
Our final bill came to just £66.80 for two with a few drinks. This taster menu is a quarter of the price of some restaurants I could mention with stars in their eyes and for me the food is superior.
So what are you waiting for, get down to Parkers. You won't regret it, I reckon that this is the best value taster menu in the UK and one of my favourite places to eat. 8/10.
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