As it was such a lovely evening last night, my other half, Paul and I decided to take a short drive from Holt to Langham and the newly refurbished Bluebell pub, as we had been hearing good things about the new owners and menu.
The pub has had a total refurbishment over the last few months and as we stepped over the threshold it has now been open for 3 ½ weeks. The feel of the place is homely and the young staff friendly. The Bluebell has the feel of a proper village pub and there were plenty of locals who wandered in to eat and drink as the night went on – a good recommendation if ever there was one. The characterful building creates a dining area that meanders through various nooks and crannies but there is plenty of elbow room to eat and imbibe!
The menu had a good choice of starters and mains and we were also offered 4 additional ‘specials’ for our main course. There is a good wine list and unusually the Bluebell offer nearly the entire list by the glass – as well as the bottle, of course - bar Champagne, Prosecco and Rosé.
In the end despite being sorely tempted by some of the fish dishes, Pan Fried Cod with Crab Sauce, Sea Bass with Samphire and Cod Thermidor, we both chose steak because we were intrigued by the concept of round chips! Paul chose a rib-eye, I chose a sirloin, both were cooked to order and were melt-in-the-mouth delicious, accompanied by a large bowl of round chips – lightly fried and crispy - and a mixed salad.
The pudding list has a small but scrumptious offering and we chose Clotted Cream Ice Cream with a Chocolate & Whiskey Sauce and Lemon Posset with Homemade Shortbread.
The service was good, the cost reasonable and the welcome warm and friendly. Probably wise to book as all tables were full when we were there and with a growing reputation its future seems certain. The Bluebell was a happy discovery and it will certainly be somewhere that we will return to again.
By Joanna Hobson