Near Enough: Travel in the UK Restaurant Review

Near Enough: The New Inn, Eccup+

October 22, 2014

Yesterday evening we visited the newly refurbished The New Inn in Eccup for an evening to celebrate their reopening.

I wrote about a venture to Eccup Reservoir in the Summer but unfortunately we hadn’t realised there was a pub so close to where we were and ventured to Drake’s Fish and Chip shop for tea on the way home instead.

Anyhow, fast-forward a couple of months and we entered The New Inn rather windswept and ever so chilly after a drive down a pitch black country road.

We were greeted by the SLB PR team who were coordinating the event and quickly moved to a spot by the fire so we could thaw through with a glass of Prosecco in hand. Over the evening there would be some music and a buffet so we could acquaint ourselves with the space.

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After conversing for a little while and leisurely drinking away we were politely informed that the buffet was open. We were a tad later than everyone else and had to wait for some fresh plates but they were lovely and warm when they arrived and we selected from the extensive selection of buffet food.

We picked up pizza, various sandwiches, sausage rolls, pork pie, chicken legs and the like. I have to admit that I’m not massively fond of cold foods so whilst we were eating we decided to purchase a starter to give a more rounded review of the pub’s offering.

I ordered the calamari whilst Chris picked the bacon and black pudding salad. When they arrived Chris begrudgingly allowed me to take a photo of his and tucked in. The calamari was lovely and fresh, though there was a tad too much fresh chilli for me (this was easy enough to put to the side though). Chris commented that he wouldn’t have thought of putting poached egg with the black pudding but it worked really well.

I have been known to have a sweet tooth so when we were asked if we’d like to see the desserts menu we didn’t take too much convincing. It was apple day so in honour of the fruity celebration we both opted for the apple pie with custard.

The New Inn were really generous with the amount of custard that they provided and the apple slices in the pie were still tart and crunchy. The short crust pastry melted in your mouth and brought the whole dish together.

We were glad that we invested in a couple of dishes to get a true representative of the food on offer and owing to the clientele (the Emmerdale cast can frequently be seen there) I think it’s a perfect location for taking my parents for a leisurely Sunday dinner and it’ll be a great place to reward ourselves from a walk to Eccup for a wander around the reservoir (lets face it, long walks need the reward of a homely pub in the middle/at the end of them).

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