Tudor Barn Eltham
The menu offers enough scope to satisfy both the adventurous and the conservative gastronome. Similarly, the wine list covers the classics with some unique choices thrown in. Starters are mostly Continental in style; the excellent seafood platter, for example, includes a delectable langoustine, while the main courses focus on classic British fare. Sample sausages and mash or fish and chips, or one of the more exotic offerings. I took the advice of the helpful and welcoming staff and opted for the herb-crusted supreme of cod, served with roasted new potatoes and ratatouille. The balance of herbs lent the cod a delicate flavour, while the potatoes combined a firm bite with the crispiness of roasting. The ratatouille was rich and sweet, offering a palate-stimulating barrage of flavours that was accentuated by its juxtaposition with the more subtle flavours of the fish.
To finish, the cheeseboard offers a generous amount of quality Brie, Cheddar and Stilton to savour. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, the Eton Mess is a must with its divine combination of cream, strawberries and meringue.
There is additional space for weddings, parties and events such as salsa dancing, which is held on Mondays. Locally, the Tudor Barn is renowned for its Sunday roast dinners, and as a result is fully booked every week.
So it seems The Tudor Barn is well into its stride despite having only opened its doors in August 2009, and will certainly stand out when the 2012 Olympics come to town - so watch this space.