Eating out is one of life’s luxuries and any opportunity for a meal out you can count me in, especially when you find somewhere you’d happily go back to time and time again. Last month on a sunny Saturday evening we headed to the small town of Biborough and the Tanner Brothers’ charming pub The Kentish Hare – where better place to take a food enthusiast on their birthday? On arrival, we were seated in the picturesque restaurant with a great view of the bustling kitchen and even managed to catch a glimpse of James Tanner in action. Shortly after ordering our drinks we had the difficult task of choosing our food. The menu (cue mouthwatering flashback) was full of creative twists on some great classics, a variety of pleasing options that even the fussiest of diners would enjoy. Once the difficult task had been accomplished, we eagerly anticipated what was to come….
Between us we ordered:
Roast duck breast, confit leg spring roll, wild garlic potato terrine and plum
Roast lamb rump, braised shoulder, lamb bacon, peas, and asparagus with Jersey Royals – which my boyfriend (being a Welsh man) said was the best lamb he’d ever tasted!
Until now we had never considered if ‘love at first sight’ applied to food, but both dishes down to the smallest of details were full of unique flavours and really represented British cuisine at its best. They both seemed to be made with that certain level of care and attention that defines a truly special restaurant.
Next, desserts… everyone knows there is a little space reserved in one’s stomach for a sweet treat. The dessert menu was an array of tempting indulgences and as fate would have it, a clear winner stood out for us both. As crème Brûlée devotee’s we felt compelled. It would have been rude not to! Disappointed we were not – a delicious dessert, creamy and soft with a golden crisp top! The added bonus being a chocolate cookie on the side.
As the evening wore on, alas, our time at The Kentish Hare drew to an end. But should you find yourself ever in Biborough a visit to the Tanner Brothers’ establishment is an absolute must. The hospitality of the staff matched the excellence of the food and our return to this lovely, delightful pub is inevitable.
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