We’ve eaten here a number of times and the food has always been good, but I wonder if they have found themselves a new chef as the dining out this week was exceptional.

The main dining annex can get quite noisy when it’s full but we found ourselves in this little alcove, which only had four covers, so things didn’t get to the point where you have to shout at your dining partner in order to be heard.

The menu choice is varied enough to suit your mood, so we settled on the following choices.

  • Duck pâté: Honeycomb, carrot and apricot chutney, malthouse toast
  • Korean fried tofu: Marinated with gochujang, seasoned with seaweed, our Kimchi, vegetable noodle salad, sesame miso dressing
  • Ham and egg: Honey glazed ham, Scotch egg, cheesy ham hock & leek croquettes, pickles, onion relish, slaw
  • Hedgerow risotto: Picked and plundered with honeycomb and herbs
  • Chocolate Bar: Chocolate fudge sauce, chocolate soil, burnt white chocolate, caramelised white chocolate mousse, triple chocolate ice-cream
  • Key lime style cheesecake: Marinated berries, lemon curd ice-cream

Ignore the two Wally slices on the Risotto – Sand hates gherkin so I polished hers off.

The Plume makes a wonderful place to stay as well. The converted barn buildings at the back are well appointed and comfortable, so the whole ensemble makes for a great weekend getaway.

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