Whittakers – A Contemporary Bar & Restaurant in Long Bennington.

So, having already checked out the menu the night before, I knew exactly what I was having for dinner.  Deep-fried Camembert to start, Fish and chips for main and, oh, hadn’t quite made up my mind yet as to which desert. I had thought of nothing else all day!!

We arrived for early dinner at Whittakers in Long Bennington on a not so sunny Tuesday evening. The restaurant is light and airy with the most amazing glass doors to 2 sides of the room. A lovely decked area which, on a summers evening, would be great to sit and watch the world go by with a drink of your choice. The restaurant wasn’t busy and we had a drink at the bar while Shaun chose his dinner delights. The bar is long with stools and a small seating area at the end, again the décor is up to date with stripes and neutral colours.

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Food was decided and we were shown to our table.  The host was very professional and personable.  I asked if she would recommend any dishes and her reply was “they are all good!”  With a good use of the space, the tables were set with heavy cutlery and beautiful glasses.

The starters arrived and, wow, the camembert was truly delightful – it was light and crisp and the rhubarb and Almond in the accompanying chutney worked really well.  Shaun had the duck pancakes and he refused to share as they were too good. They were big and full of rich duck meat which melted on your tongue. The teriyaki sauce completed the deal.

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So came out the fish and chips with homemade Tartar sauce.  Tartar Sauce is my favourite of them all and this did not disappoint, with the creamy texture and the saltiness of the capers it was a real hit. The fish was well cooked and the batter light and fluffy, big fat chips completed the dish. Shaun had opted for the steak:  this was cooked to perfection, simple steak with chips, mushroom and a grilled tomato. But as long as the steak is cooked correctly you need nothing else.

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So on to desert, which neither of us really needed but, as our eyes were bigger than our bellies and our desire to taste more was rife, we ordered.  I went for the Panna cotta and Shaun chose the Chocolate Brownie with toffee sauce and white chocolate ice cream.  Wow!  Amazing!  The panna cotta was the best we had ever tasted, light, smooth and full of flavour. The brownie was a rich chocolate cake with a sweet sauce and a delicious white chocolate ice cream which complemented each other perfectly.

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So with our tummies full of lovely food, and our belts adjusted slightly, we left for home.  I would absolutely recommend Whitakers for either a drink or a meal as the surrounding are perfect and the atmosphere welcoming.

A Contemporary Bar & Restaurant in Long Bennington.

WHITTAKERS BAR & RESTAURANT

96 Main Road, Long Bennington, Newark, NG23 5DJ T: 01400 282002

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There’s nothing fishy about this place!

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Arriving at Georges after a long old day trekking round Nottingham University – we were tired and very hungry! As we were twenty minutes early for our table we were shown to the small bar area while things were prepared. The bar might be small but its drinks menu was certainly not:  it had an amazing array of gin (such a shame I was driving), great looking cocktails and some really good beers too.  I opted for a non-alcoholic Georges Iced Tea – served in a glass tankard with a straw.  I loved it!

Soon enough we were seated and on our table, in the guise of a folded newspaper, was our menu which we browsed for a while before opting for our choices. There appeared to be lots of cool mix and match starters and, although we did not partake, the Scotch Egg which came to our neighbouring table looked delightful. Yes I know – a scotch egg for a starter, I was sceptical too but it looked big and lovely from what I saw … I will defiantly give it a go next time I visit.

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So, with the mains on their way, we took time to check out our surroundings. Now Georges is not what you would call intimate dining, nor is it what you would deem a family restaurant, in fact it’s an eclectic mix of both I guess. Tables of all shapes and sizes packed into the space, lots of wall art, things handing from ceilings, odd lights, fish drawings, chalked signs and the like. The noise level was good, to say it was full to bursting while we were there – chatty and buzzing but not so loud that you had to shout to make yourself heard. Upstairs are George’s famous beach hut dining experiences, where tables for four are set inside cute painted beach huts, very retro – I really wanted to dine in one but when I called to book was told that I could not request one – it was luck of the draw to get seated in one when you arrived.  Guess my luck was elsewhere that day!  Still, I guess there is always next time – gives me a good excuse to go back.

Our mains arrived quickly and were delivered by a super-friendly waitress:  she was the right side of chatty, not too intrusive and with an engaging smile.  In fact, all of the waiting staff seemed to be smiling and enjoying serving which is a great sign of a good place, I think. Haddock and Chips – wow MASSIVE!  Served on a metal tray with a huge scoop piled high with freshly cooked proper chip shop style chips and a battered haddock – tasty flaky white fish encased in a fluffy, crispy light batter with a side of mushy peas, a large pickle and a gherkin to cut through the heavy flavours.  A tasty well balanced meal which my daughter loved, and for the first time ever she was full and fit to bursting with no room for dessert.

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My partner tucked into a dirty big Burger and Stilton fries – not much to look at but my, oh my, they tasted amazing.  The stilton really packed a punch and the burger was well cooked. We were asked how we wanted the burger to be cooked and it came out medium, tasty and just the right size to accompany the chips.  Then there was Scampi and Chips – real scampi, tasty, delicious and golden fried.  My other daughter considers herself a scampi expert and she cleared her plate with a big thumbs up.

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I opted for ‘Fish Finger’ – after all its 60 years since the fish finger was introduced and I thought it only fair to celebrate this great event, but this was no ordinary fish finger. It was half a haddock in a battered finger, nestled on a bed of mushy peas and encased in a toasted brioche bun with a pile of sweet potato fries – heaven on a plate! I love brioche, I love mushy peas, I love fish and I adore sweet potatoes!  My dish ticked all of my food goals, well presented, well cooked and super tasty – I was happy and full!  But as you know there is always room for a pudding.

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We opted for doughnuts, ice cream and rice pudding dishes with one daughter wimping out and just having a coffee….The rice pudding apparently was the creamiest, richest bowl of goodness my daughter had ever tasted and with a caramelised top – what’s not to love. The strawberry mint rock and blue banana ice creams tasted wonderful with a liberal sprinkling of hundreds and thousands and a good dollop of strawberry sauce on top they were lip smacking good – all of the desserts came with a side of candy floss – an amazing end to a fun and tasty meal.

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So Georges:  it’s fun, it’s buzzing and it’s tasty, if that’s what you are looking for then go. It’s also good food served with a light hearted retro twist and I think if you wash the meals down with an amazing iced tea and finish off with a stick of candy floss then you will agree it’s a winner!!!

Over The Moon!

Finding ourselves unexpectedly free on Sunday and with no food in the house – we decided to pop out for a late lunchtime family treat and stumbled across The Full Moon Inn at sleepy little Morton.  Close to Southwell, this pub restaurant was nestling in the heart of the village and, having a great array of fine ales and beers for my partner, we decided to stay and sample their wonderful Sunday lunch menu.  The Sunday lunch menu was classically traditional with a contemporary twist and had enough dishes to satisfy the four of us with ease.

 The staff when we arrived were friendly and welcoming and we were quickly seated in the restaurant, drinks in hand and menus to browse.

Opting to skip the starters and move straight onto the mains we plumped for Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding (well it’s Sunday lunch after all!) Chicken and stuffing and a wonderful dish of Devonshire Crab Salad with fries. All arrived promptly and the presentation was wonderful with roast parsnips, roast potatoes and a watercress garnish. The side dishes were creamy leeks, carrot and broccoli and worked well with the roast dinners we had – just enough to fill you up but not belt bursting.

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 The crab was a taste sensation and the accompanying mayo was perfect to dip the fries in. The salad was clean and refreshing and cut through the intense crabmeat to give a perfectly balanced dish. We all cleaned our plates without exception and we could not wait to see the dessert menu – see, there was method in our madness of not having a starter!

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Well the dessert list was once again a lovely choice with what looked to be something for everyone – we were all tempted by the yummy sounding cheese board but in the end all opted for the lure of a traditional pudding to round off the meal.  Eaton Mess came out first – a lovely mixture of fresh and tasty strawberries nestled alongside large chunks of intensely sweet meringue and bound together with layers and layers of fresh cream. A lip smacking finish to my partner’s meal.

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Then onto Forest Fruit Crème Brûlée accompanied by a homemade shortbread. A crispy caramelised top which you break through to find a rich eggy vanilla brûlée beneath, the fruit just adding a delightful tartness to the sweet brûlée and rounded things off perfectly – this dish was a winner in my daughter’s eyes. 

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Last, but by no means least, was the Chocolate Brownie served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream – it was a real show stopper for my other daughter and I.  Rich and moist with a fine crust on top, intense and chocolaty the brownie caked your mouth with a sharp dark cocoa rush and was complemented beautifully by a salty caramel sauce and a vanilla ice cream – this was the real winner of the puddings in our opinion!

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So, happily full of tasty food, we merrily paid our bill which was reasonably priced indeed and made our way back home with big smiles for a post lunch nap.  We will certainly be returning again – this time perhaps to try the evening menu and, as the weather is looking decidedly autumnal, perhaps we will nestle by the open fires or in the huge arm chairs when we do.

 

If you are looking for a friendly down to earth pub restaurant with friendly, unhurried service and a first class value for money menu then look no further. Visit The Full Moon at Morton and be sure to leave room for dessert!

 

The Full Moon Inn

Morton

Newark

NG25 0UT

01636 830251

bookings@thefullmoonmorton.co.uk

www.thefullmoonmorton.co.uk