The Bolney Stage
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
This ancient black and white timbered pub in the charming village of Bolney is wonderfully characterful, with its crooked wooden beams and open fires. We were warmly welcomed on arrival and shown to a lovely table in the restaurant, where we were impressed by the extensive menu. It offers a wide variety of dishes ranging from nibbles, light bites and sandwiches to inventive yet unfussy mains, a good selection of smaller portions for children and a popular Sunday roast.
My starter of sesame-pressed spiced duck came with the beautifully contrasting colours, flavours and textures of daikon and pickled ginger salad and crispy seaweed. My guest opted for the equally creative and delicious baked mackerel on a bed of fennel, rhubarb and asparagus. For the main course, I chose chargrilled tandoori halloumi salad – a generous serving with fresh flavours of pineapple, lime and mint – while my companion picked the warm and comforting tarragon and garlic chicken breast with papardelle pasta, wild mushrooms and spinach. A shared lemon posset formed the perfect finish to a stunning meal. The friendly staff provided excellent service throughout, and the atmosphere was most congenial.
The Bolney Stage also boasts a lovely garden with a children’s play area for fine days and a handy chest of toys and games for less clement weather, making it a great spot for a day out with the family. I would definitely recommend a visit.