Went to the Ebrington Arms the first night we got to the Cotswolds. My boss, who loves food described it as: “Roaring fire, great food, lovely beer…” so we had to try. It was a last minute booking so I wish we had been able to sit in one of the rooms with a real fire. Our table was a bit too bright and close to to our neighbours. But it’s a nice historical pub with character and history. If we visited again, we now know they serve the same food at the bar, which has a warm, inviting atmosphere.
What we ate:
Ham and cheese soufflé: Tasty, simple and straightforward but with a nice crispy crunch and tasty pork bits inside
Beef cheeks with celeriac puree: The cheeks were braised in red wine but the sauce was too dense and earthy, and lacked some complexity . You could taste the meat juices, but couldn’t detect any richness from the red wine unfortunately. The dish also came with two oxtail raviolis, which were too al dente, and the filling too thick. The cheeks were extremely tender, which was the best part of the dish, but we had better meals during the same weekend.
Trout with crab butter, potatoes and capers: Shrimp and crab butters seem to be popular in the UK but we haven’t tried any we love. The crab butter made a rich sauce, but a bit too strong in flavour. The fish was nicely cooked but not a wow course
Steamed stout and chocolate pudding with ice cream (we asked for it instead of crème anglaise). My husband loved it as it wasn’t too sweet and he liked the stout flavour. I expected gooey rich chocolate and was not too impressed. But he also likes angel food cake and I find it boring.
The Ebrington Arms http://www.theebringtonarms.co.uk/
Chipping Campden Gloucestershire GL55 6NH
+44 1386 593 223
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