For a true taste of the Cotswolds, head straight to the family-run Black Bear Inn on Moreton’s pleasant High Street. You’ll enjoy wholesome seasonal dishes prepared fresh from local farm produce, with exclusive wines and traditional Donnington Brewery ale brewed nearby.
Warmly welcomed into the spacious restaurant, I chose a luscious starter of prosciutto with mozzarella and rocket laced with aged balsamic, and my partner’s homemade duck spring roll with chilli jam came packed with flavour. Next, my sumptuously tender rump of pan-roasted Cotswold spring lamb with crispy lardons, slow-cooked courgettes and new potatoes really hit the spot, while my partner chose mouth-watering Loch Duart salmon complemented perfectly by smoked aubergine purée and served with parsley oil, hand-cut chips and tender vegetables. For dessert, I was unable to resist the glorious grapefruit and elderflower cheesecake with lemon zest sorbet, which proved far too tempting, as did the light-as-air chocolate mousse topped with salted caramel sauce.
The provenance, presentation and flavours of each dish are testament to chef Dave’s dedication. The team has found the perfect recipe for superb yet affordable dining. If this isn’t reason enough to book a table, check out the popular special offers, including the £5 midweek