We all know food changes with the seasons, and restaurant menus are no different – The Barns Hotel in Bedford, set on the banks of the River Ouse in a beautiful, tranquil location are just about to release their new Autumn menu and are you in for a treat!
The chef has managed to produce an array of mouth-watering starters, the most delicious mains and the sweetest desserts, that not only taste divine are also presented like a work of art.
We were lucky enough to have a sneak preview and tasting of some of the dishes starting with Oak Smoked Salmon with marinated fennel and a caper salad, the strong flavours of the fennel complimented the delicate flavours of the fresh salmon perfectly creating a dish that was light and full of flavour – Lamb Carpaccio thinly sliced with baby carrots, leeks and turnips topped with pea shoots and drizzled with salsa verde – the softness of the meat mixed with the crunchy vegetables were a perfect pairing.
Mains were an amazing mix of colours, flavours and textures and included seared monkfish rolled in saffron, with a tomato and garlic broth, buttered savoy cabbage, and roasted garlic basil scented basmati rice, accompanied with a glass of Amala Chardonnay, the fruity flavours of this wine were a real treat on the palette and enhanced the flavours of the monkfish superbly. The monkfish was baked to perfection, almost melting in the mouth; the tomato broth gave a nice tang to a delightful dish. A 28 day aged fillet with pommier mustard mash, Portobello mushroom, buttered green vegetables and red wine jus was another main appearing on the new menu – the steak was so tender and fresh and was accompanied by a glass of ‘Cruel Mistress’ (we love the name), a Pinot Noir that was silky and smooth on the palette.
This new menu is not only offering guests the chance to savour some delicious foods, it is also placing a lot of emphasis on being pleasing to the eye, with different coloured and shaped plates being used to create an abundance of colour and style whilst guests are dining.
Desserts are just as aesthetically pleasing and delicious with an Eton Mess with mixed berries, strawberry curd yoghurt, lemon curd yoghurt, whipped cream, shortbread biscuit and a raspberry and elderflower sorbet – the sourness of the berries mixed with the sweetness of the yoghurt was delicious and the flavour of the elderflower was strong and evident in every mouthful. An orange and chocolate bread and butter pudding with an apple and brandy custard, baby apples and a raspberry coulis, this is a perfect dish to make the transition from a Summer to Autumn menu, with strong chocolate and orange flavours, mixed with delicate apple and brandy make the different textures and tastes on your palette enticing and distinctive.
This new menu looks like being a real hit with dishes to suit everyone’s palette, staff who are attentive and a setting that is idyllic – isn’t it time you paid a visit to The Barns to see what tempts your palette.
The Barns Hotel Cardington Road, Bedford 01234 270044 www.barnshotelbedford.co.uk