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.

roast beefroast chicken

 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!

crab

 

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.

eaton mess

 

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. 

creme brulee

 

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!

chocolate brownie

 

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

Gurkha Greatness!!!

When a local pub closes, it can often mean the end to a vibrant village community, but in Rolleston that’s not the case.  Not only have the locals got a pub back, they have also got an amazing Nepalese/Indian restaurant to boot!  

There’s nothing more that I love than a good recommendation and so, when I heard that Gurkha One was the new kid on the block – it opened June 2015 – I just had to try it! So with a full weekend and no time to book a table, I decided that a take away would have to suffice and so that’s just what we had on Sunday evening to end our weekend in style.  Gurkha One at the Crown Rolleston is, I admit, a little confusing at first glance:  Is it a restaurant?  Is it a country pub? Well it’s both! To be fair, primarily it’s a restaurant but it does have a lovely little bar and an outside beer garden, so I guess you could say it kills two birds with one stone:  amazing food and real ales on draft all rolled into one. 

outside

Onto our meal – when we arrived at 6pm on Sunday we realised that service ended at 6.30pm, so we grabbed a menu and a pint and headed to the beer garden to start choosing our dishes.  The lovely waiter was very informative, explaining their speciality dishes and informing us that as all dishes are prepared from scratch we could choose mild, medium or hot spices depending on individual taste. So in a hurry to get our order in before closing, we made our choices and sat in the garden soaking up the late afternoon sunshine.  We were soon joined by Jamil who explained that the restaurant had only been opened since June after a 10 week super-fast refit.  Chatting to him we soon realised that the team had brought a real passion to the place and we could not wait to tuck into the food.  

Chicken Korma was the first out of the bag, our daughter’s favourite (she is not a spice junky) and wow did it smell good – it was mild with a hint of warmth and a real depth of flavour in a creamy coconut sauce, the chunks of chicken were large and plentiful and she cleaned her plate in record time. I am not a Korma fan generally but I could have easily polished off a plate of this too.

 Korma

The next dish to follow was a Gurkha One speciality – Taplejung Dumba, boneless lamb with potatoes cooked in a wonderful flavoursome sauce with Nepalese spices, the aroma from this was awesome – not quite as hot as my partner tends to like his curry, but tasty never the less. He will defiantly try this again but next time he will upgrade to hot if he can. Then onto Lamb Biryani cooked Nepalese style, five spices rice and large melt in your mouth lamb pieces finished off with a tangy raita was just delicious and again smelled just amazing, as well as tasting sensational. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the best Biryani I have had to date, and I have had more than my fair share, let me tell you.

biryani

Then along came our final dish which we plated up – Chicken Tikka Bhuna, and wow – just wow!  A tomato and black pepper sauce with a generous amount of chicken tikka pieces.  We opted for a medium spice level with this dish and it was just perfect – it had a really good flavoursome kick to each mouthful and we all had some on our plates.  It was our favourite dish by far and definitely one we will be sure to order again.

 chicken tikka bhuna

We shared sides of rice, poppadums and a fresh home prepared pickle tray with handmade mango chutney which we all fought over – this was definitely not like any jar type chutney  I had ever tasted!

pickletray

 So to sum it up:  Gurkha One’s menu is spicy, its fresh, it’s vibrant, its aromatic, its filling and it’s definitelty worthy of another visit and many more takeaways.  To be fair, the dishes can be a touch on the pricey side for a mid-week takeout (take 10% off the menu prices for the takeaway) but they really are well cooked and fresh which makes them value for money.  You can taste the freshness of the dishes and the spices.  The passion in the team really does shine through in the food and we cannot wait to return because there is so many more dishes for us to try.

 If you are looking for somewhere different to visit, hurry to Gurkha One before the secrets well and truly out of the bag.  I believe even mid-week tables are filling fast so make sure you call and book to avoid disappointment.  If you love curry – you’re going to love this little rural gem.  No wonder they’re currently ranked as number one restaurant in Nottinghamshire on Trip Advisor.  Go on give it a go – its number one for a reason!!

The Crown At Rolleston

Gurkha One

Staythorpe Road – Rolleston – NG23 5SG

Tel ; 01636 819000

Email ; gurkhaone@gmail.com

http://www.thecrownrolleston.co.uk