Dining at The Ugly Bug Inn is without a shadow of a doubt a truly pleasant experience. John, Alison, Rob, everyone makes you feel so very welcome, the food, the excellently chilled wines, (mention the the ales my husband says) the ambience, second to none - personally, I think the the 'Avid Traveller' had either a) clicked the wrong box when selecting the name of the hostelry, as i'm sorry, but this doesn't even sound like a review of this particular establishment! b) had partaken of a few too many of the aforementioned extremely well kept ales? or c) was just being spiteful!! Yesterday evening, yet again we had the extreme pleasure of dining there. The wonderful service, superb food, excellent conversation, all enjoyed in cosy, comfortable surroundings with just the right level and type of background music. We chose a mixture of meals, some from 'The Board', (never 'specials') and some from the regular menu - EVERYTHING is home made, this is blatantly obvious - Tomato and Basil Soup, with freshly chopped chives, ( I was sorely tempted by the fresh samphire, served with smoked flaked mackerel, shaved parmesan,and tossed in butter, you have to taste it to believe it, it really is that good!!) however the soup won, and was as usual just wonderful, piping hot, full of flavour, and plentiful! The Whitebait - superbly cooked - Chicken and Mozzarella stack - just melts in the mouth, gorgeous - try it, you won't be disappointed - Guinea fowl cooked with mushrooms, bacon, Cranberry Sauce, (my husband was still raving about it, hours later) Served with potato dauphinoise, and a dish of perfectly cooked vegetables, including braised red cabbage (my absolute favourite!!) cauliflower and crisp green beans , followed by Panna cotta served with summer berries, home made cheesecake (definitely NOT shop bought, light, fluffy, just melt-in-mouth, just luscious,) accompanied by plump, ripe, juicy strawberries, served with ice-cream too (just because I mentioned that I liked it, they really go the 'extra mile' here!) . Waiter/waitress service just right, there whenever you needed them, but without 'rushing' you - after each course we asked them to convey our thanks to the Chef, as each course was equally wonderful! Read the reviews, but, take the not so pleasant ones with 'a pinch of salt', so to speak, and try it yourself, you won't regret it - ALWAYS- a warm welcome from 'mine hosts'. I have never enjoyed my food as much, or felt as comfortable, at any other establishment, and, as I have now run out of superlatives, I can only say that we fully intend to dine here on Christmas Day too, yes, I know it's only July, but that gives you an indication of the level of high esteem that we hold for this wonderful establishment.
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