The Robin Hood
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Robin Hood is home to a delectable eating experience where foodies will find themselves in seventh heaven. The building has been renovated to a high standard and was re-opened in 2007, now seating up to 70 diners. Following a 'mini' refurbishment in 2009 there is now a much larger bar area for those who just want to have a pint of real ale or one of the more exotic spirits on offer. The menu allows you to choose your main course (and the exact amount you desire) before watching the chefs at work, preparing your food in the open kitchen. I also noted that traditional roast dinners are served on Sunday lunchtimes alongside the normal à la carte menu. My dining partner, Carole, and I enjoyed starters of tempura soft-shell crab with chilli jam, and king scallops with pea purée and crispy pancetta, washed down with a refreshing glass of sauvignon blanc. This was followed by my choice of rib-eye steak, cooked to perfection, with hand-cut, skin-on chips and vegetables. Carole opted for the Bourbon-marinated rump steak, which was tender and juicy. She shared my side orders as we then braced ourselves for a taste of the more exotic meats on offer. Here we were presented with slivers of crocodile and ostrich. The ostrich was lean and full of flavour but our favourite was the crocodile, which had a texture similar to lobster but a taste reminiscent of both chicken and fish. Most of the world-class wines and Champagnes here are available by the glass and we enjoyed a full-bodied Shiraz. We then somehow managed to squeeze in a chocolate brownie dessert and then wobbled off home happily with full bellies.