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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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