The Bird in Hand
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
54 Chapel Hill, Halstead, CO9 1JP
It is easy to see why the Bird in Hand is so loved, with its wholesome homemade menu, reasonable prices and cheery team. The popular Sunday carvery served from noon until 5pm is further reason to visit. For senior citizens, there’s a dedicated menu served every day, and weekly specials are added to the foodie mix on Friday and Saturday nights. Live music also draws the crowds in further on the weekends. On the night we dined, the belly pork and crispy crackling served with leaves and apple purée, and Stilton-stuffed mushroom proved a lovely start to the meal. My main of homemade ocean pie featured a selection of fresh fish and prawns in creamy dill sauce, while my companion’s steak and ale pie saw tender meat encased in light puff pastry, smothered with rich gravy. Dessert was a divine peanut butter cheesecake with caramelised peanuts, strawberries and mint, and a refreshing mandarin crème brûlée. We washed it all down with a pint of guest real ale. This traditional pub is a great little spot for a casual lunch with friends, an indulgent high tea, or delicious dinner with the family. Although it’s under new management, the same great food and warm atmosphere can still be found.