The name’s Hunworth (but you can call me Hunny)

The Hunworth Bell, Norfolk

Known locally as The Hunny Bell, the pub was reopened by its new owners, Ben & Sarah Handley, in August 2017. On an early recce we were impressed by the “Bar Bites”. (To read my earlier post Click here) http://wp.me/p7AW4i-6a

 

Bar Bites at the Hunworth Bell

 

We returned in November for dinner. I ordered chicken, which I very rarely do as it’s something I cook at home. I remember it as moist and juicy, branded by the chargrill, it came with strips of bacon, and a deeply savoury jus that tasted as if it had made the acquaintance of some game birds in the kitchen. I took some photos with my phone, which I dropped down the loo a week later; that was a post without illustrations that didn’t get written.  

 

Scotch Quail’s Egg with mustard and tarragon mayo from the Bar Bites menu

 

Our third visit took place in the heatwave of July 2018, and while there were a lot of meat options of the menu, it was fish that appealed for mains.

The menu credits the local farms and producers who supply the meat, and intersperses them with more adventurous options: grilled sardines, pigeon, octopus. Influences for sauces and side dishes range farther afield: adobo or chimichurri sauces from Mexico and Argentina, caponata from Sicily.

 

 

Roast pigeon starter

 

A starter of rare roast local pigeon breast came on a slice of Fruit Pig Co black pudding, and a rich, velvety celeriac puree. A “bonbon” on the side was a crunchy little croquette of gamey sausagemeat.

 

 

Pan-roast fillet of hake, chorizo, Maris Peer potatoes, samphire, roast garlic velouté.

 

 

Chargrilled mackerel fillets,beetroot, capers,new potatoes, horseradish yoghurt

 

Presentation is creative and appetising, with accents of vivid colour and intense flavour (although a dusting of powdered beetroot made me wonder if Jackson Pollock had been reincarnated and pressed into service on the garnish section)

 

We drank a Côtes de Provence Rosé, which had more bite and structure than most, and ticked all boxes with both the meal and the hot weather.

 

Mimi en Provence

 

Cracking sweet wines are recommended with desserts: Muscat Late Harvest, Tabali 2011, from Chile, was grapey, with an edge of fresh acidity, perfect with a lime and basil posset, crème fraîche, and ginger biscuits.

 

Apple tarte tatin, crumb, and toffee ice cream (superb) and a glass of Rivesaltes, Chateau Lauriga, Ambre Hors d’Age Bouchon, 2015; amber in colour, with flavours of prune and lychee.

 

Apple tarte tatin with toffee ice cream

 

Dinner ended with a glass of Ayala (for the Birthday Girl, one of her favourite champagnes) and a glass of Judith Beck’s “Ink,” a fresh, juicy Austrian red for me; mulberries and raspberries, with a hint of tannin.

 

The main dining room at the Hunny Bell

 

http://www.hunworthbell.co.uk/

The Hunworth Bell, The Green, Hunworth, near Holt, Norfolk NR24 2AA

 

2 thoughts on “The name’s Hunworth (but you can call me Hunny)

  1. Pete

    On an Indian summer’s day, after an aperitif in the sun drenched forecourt, we browsed the Sunday lunch menu over time. With exceptional difficulty I chose the chargrilled sardines with chorizo, an onion bed and Spicey sauce. A wonderful mix of distinctive flavours. My wife had a melt in the mouth pork shoulder and delicious crackling, al dente vegetables topped with celeriac puree.
    Moi? A well done sirloin roast, Yorkshire pudding towering over the plate, sharp , tangy gravy and the goose fat roasties.
    Verdict? The food was as good as any we have had from Hunworth to Havana.

     
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