Having been for a walk in the adjacent Alice Holt Forest I decided to pop into the, the Bluebell Pub in Dockenfield, which has recently reopened for a Sunday lunch.
The Bluebell has gone through a difficult period but is now very welcoming, having recently been taken over by a very enthusiastic young local couple Robin and Lucy Catchpole. Being a member of CAMRA I was delighted to find they had four hand-pumps serving cask conditioned real ale. I tried Moondance (4.2%) from the Tripple fff brewery which I found to be in excellent condition
The menu consisted of traditional pub fare including several items priced at less than £10. I went for the traditional Sunday Roast which cost a very reasonable £9.95. I was told that their beef is sourced locally and it was certainly full of flavour and cooked to a rosy medium rare; the beef was thickly cut, generous with just the right amount of beefiness and chew. The outside was nicely browned and the inside was evenly pink throughout. It’s accompanied by a wonderfully light and fluffy Yorkshire pudding and perfectly cooked vegetables with a bit of bite – not mushy
I will certainly making this my local and am happy to recommend the Bluebell – they certainly deserve our support.
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