Bridgewood Manor Hotel
£20 to £30 Me Bridgewood Manor is home to 100 beautifully decorated bedrooms, excellent conference facilities, a spa and health club, and the atmospheric Squires Restaurant.
It was here in the restaurant that we spent our evening, enjoying the pleasant surroundings, attentive service and delicious food. The menu is lengthy and showcases British classics, which have been reimagined by the talented chef. We chose to sample the chef’s talents by opting for the tasting menu. Our visit commenced with a selection of stone-baked artisan breads – the sundried tomato was particularly noteworthy – as well as a dipping bowl filled with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar and a delicious seaweed and sea salt butter. Our next course comprised spiced soup containing mixed beans, chickpeas and vegetables. It was wonderfully warming. Next arrived an impressively presented fillet of baked hake, nestled atop a bed of potato rosti, butter beans and chorizo, and accompanied by tomato and red pepper fondue. The dish was scrumptious and also visually appealing – as was the following course of slow-roasted pork belly served alongside steamed spinach, kale and creamed potato. The pork was drizzled in a moreish sauce, which was sweet but had a superb kick. Afterwards, we were presented with dessert, which comprised a heavenly warm chocolate brownie, balanced by coconut ice cream. A classic cheeseboard rounded the meal off.
It was an amazing dining experience – we will certainly be making a return visit to sample the Squires Restaurant once more.