Wednesday, 21 January 2015

ATE AT: The Dog & Duck, Nottinghamshire

When I heard the Dog & Duck had a new menu, I had to go and check it out.

The Dog & Duck is my favourite local place to eat. It's really stood the test of time - my Mum used to work there when she was my age and it was still a spit and sawdust kinda place. It's now under different ownership, completely modernised and the menu is bang on!

As I was due to head back down South for work, my parents decided we should go for some lunch before I left.

The starters completely caught my eye - torn between scallops and chorizo jam or ham hock terrine with homemade salad cream, I opted for the latter.

The ham hock itself was absolutely delicious - despite it being a terrine, it almost melted in your mouth as you ate it. I do however question the homemade salad cream - it tasted almost too vinegary to be homemade, but I might be wrong. I think it would work better with a piccalilli personally but top mocks for the terrine! 

For my main, I literally couldn't decide. This is ALWAYS the case when we go here, new menu or not. Everything sounds delicious so the decision is always difficult. I had tried almost everything from the last menu so felt like a kid in a sweet shop trying to pick something! 

Eventually I decided on seabass (pan fried) with crab beignets and vegetables in a butter bean broth.

This dish was beautiful - the seabass was cooked perfectly as were the vegetables. I thought the butterbean broth may lack flavour but it really didn't. The crab beignets were my favourite part of the dish but it was a shame they had obviously been left in the broth for longer than a few minutes prior to it arriving at our table as they were a little soggy - but still delicious!

Dad also opted for the ham hock terrine to start (and was of the same opinion as me with the salad cream) and lasagne with salad and garlic bread. He said the lasagne was okay but he regrets not having something else as he thinks it had been reheated. 

Mum had chicken liver pate with red onion chutney and toasted crisp breads - this was absolutely beautiful (I tried a bit, naturally!) and the 8oz rump steak, which she tells me was cooked to perfection.

Despite a few little picky things on my part, another great meal at the Dog & Duck. I can't wait to try something else from their new menu - definitely the scallops and chilli jam for starters!

The Dog & Duck is an ideal location for anybody visiting Sherwood Pines, Sherwood Forest (Robin Hood land for you tourists!) or Center Parcs Sherwood Forest (it's literally a 5 minute drive!) 

To check out their website, click here.


*Please note; The Dog & Duck did not know I was reviewing our meal there*

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