The last 4 weeks have been absolutely manic with lots of exciting things happening, as result I have neglected my blog. For me I would rather not write anything than to just post for the sake of posting...you will know what I mean. So I am back with lots of exciting foodie, festival and beauty posts to share with you all starting off with my favourite pub The Dancing Man Brewery!
Ham Hock Hash - cooked in cider & cinnamon with fresh bubble & squeak topped with a fried duck egg & hot brown sauce gravy.
For me I am not really a pub person and I don't have a local I visit weekly mainly because I am not a big drinker at all and I generally prefer cocktails...HOWEVER if there is a pub that serves good food then I am there! A colleague was leaving and we decided on this place for dinner and a few drinks after.
Before this place was converted to a pub it use to be a Wool House which was built after the French raid of 1338 by Cistercian Monks from Beaulieu Abbey. The place was literally two storeys of stone rubble, tiled roof and angle quoins so therefore it is used as a storehouse for wool exports to Europe. During Southamptons time as a leading wool port it is one of several wool houses and to date it is the only surviving freestanding medieval warehouse in Southampton.
Enough of the history and lets get down to the food!!! The menu selection is small but there is something for everyone from light nibbles to a full on home comfort meal. They describe their menu as modern and true to great British dishes which is very true.
We received a plate of bread & butter while we waited for our food which went down well with everyone. Nothing quite like warm bread with butter while you wait for your food. As for the food I opt for the Trio of Cumberland sausages with veg, mash and bone marrow gravy! Absolutely delicious the gravy was nice and thick which I like and everything was cooked to perfection and everyone finished their plates quickly.
Shamrock Pie - steak baby onion & ale served with veg, mash and gravy
The great thing is you can ask for extra gravy / veg with no extra charge!
After food we heading to the seating area outside for a few more drinks in the sun. Across the pub is actually the Isle Of Wight so needless to say we had great views. It was a lovely relaxing evening with a great sending off for our colleague!