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The Lymington crab brûlée was a stroke of culinary genius, a light crusty top and creamy crab interior.
We moved onto the Pinot Noir Les Parcs 2016 to go with the recommended Swallowfield and Blackwater Farm Park pork – a medley of slow-cooked belly, faggots, and ham hock hash with spring vegetables and the longest piglet twiglet in the Enjoy tour!
The Hampshire lamb was a slow-cooked shoulder shepherd’s pie, roast rack cutlet and crispy belly on pea purée, asparagus and mint jus, and we concur with Mr. AA – it was sublime!
The steak and chips was cooked to perfection, 10oz Hampshire rib eye, hand cut chips, watercress and all the trimmings – we love a steak that comes as the customer orders and not as chef sees fit – thank you Mark!
All the while we are tended to by our waitress – ‘yes to mint sauce, and more of the beautiful gravy’ – nothing was too much trouble!
Sides of buttery mash, seasonal greens and hand cut triple cooked chips kept us all negotiating over the last chip!
The desserts were superb. The New Forest strawberry ‘Eton Tidy’ was remarkable – as Mark explained: “It’s not just meringue, Chantilly cream and strawberries. It is much, much more.” And it was – a tidily constructed lineup of colour and sweetness – accompanied by a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise – an Enjoy favourite!
The sun set, we chatted, the team busied when necessary and were friendly and discreet – this is a fabulous dining destination, well worthy of its accolades and highly recommended by Enjoy!
The rooms are stylish, the Inn is dog friendly and it is only a matter of minutes from Cadnam, junction 1 of the M27 – making for easy access from all corners of the compass. 023 8081 2214 @bellinn_newforest
The Bell Inn, Brook, Nr Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7HE.

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