Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to the press night of the Horseshoes relaunch. The country pub, set in the charming village of East Farleigh has had an extensive makeover and has been transformed into a stylish & chic haven with luxurious seating, bespoke decor and fine equestrian touches spread across three zones – the dining area / conservatory with views out to the paddock & stables, the snug/bar and a private area perfect for functions, parties or more formal affairs.
We were greeted and showed through to the bar where an extensive list of cocktails, spirits, ales and wines were on offer as well as a distilled gin station. In the spirit of date night and a child free evening I opted for a Raspberry and pomegranate gin cocktail and Sean ordered an Old Fashioned. We made our way through to one of the two fireside snugs to relax and chat before dinner. It was so cosy sitting there I could have sat there all evening. I could really picture us coming here for drinks with friends on a cold winters night and said to Sean if we only lived closer I think we’d probably visit an awful lot more! That’s before we even got to the food!
Once we’d finished our drinks, we made our way to the dining area where we were seated by a very lovely waitress. A table for two. I cannot remember the last time we sat down for dinner, just us, without having to worry if there was room for a highchair or pram! Having checked out the rest of the tables though, there definitely would be room for little’s at one of their larger tables in case you were wondering. We were pretty much sat in the centre of the room and so we could really feel the buzz of the atmosphere around us.
The huge array of delicious sounding food on the menu made it so hard to decide what to order. To start we opted to share a camembert and Sean wanted to try out their Scallop dish. While it might not be the prettiest thing to plate, In my opinion you just can’t go wrong with a camembert starter and honestly, I am not sure how much Sean actually got of it once I had finished – totally and utterly delicious and the chutney that came with it complimented the cheese perfectly.
For the main course, Sean being burger mad and thinking himself a bit of a burger connoisseur chose the pub’s signature Dirty Burger. He cleared the plate so I can only assume that meant that it was pretty good!
I went back and forth between the rack of lamb and the pork belly for ages, eventually deciding on the latter. My plate was absolutely packed full of flavour. Served with deliciously tender pig cheek, rich and creamy dijon mash and a sage & wine jus to die for I was very pleased with my choice.
After two delicious courses I was so full up but I couldn’t resist ordering dessert having seen the chocolate bomb served to some of the other guests. It was just too tempting! A dark chocolate sphere with a Hazelnut and rich chocolate ganache encased inside which when the warm white chocolate is poured over, melts and leaves you with a chocoholics dream on a plate. And the vanilla ice cream just sets it off perfectly.
Sean chose a lighter dessert, a Lemon Meringue Baked Alaska which I probably should have ordered myself! It was gone before I could even steal a bite and he’s been raving about it ever since.
While we didn’t order anything from it, they also have an extensive vegan menu as well as a children’s and Sunday menu and have carefully selected dishes to make sure everyone walking through their door can be catered for.
We were looked after so well by all of the staff at The Horseshoes and I genuinely cannot praise them enough. The only thing, and it’s a tiny thing, that I think could have been improved would be to have had the same waiter/ress throughout our meal. I know they were busy and cannot fault the service that each of the staff gave us, but it would have been nice to have had some continuity and build up a bit of rapport with our server. That being said, I am already planning another visit to The Horseshoes with some friends.
The Horseshoes officially opened their doors to customers this weekend so if you are planning a meal out as a couple, a family, with friends or maybe for a special occasion I thoroughly recommend you give them a call and book a table.
JUST SO YOU KNOW…
We were invited to The Horseshoes Pub in East Farleigh and gifted a three course meal complete with drinks in return for an honest review. All opinions are those of myself and Sean.