It was a post Christmas get together with good friends to chat about Christmas and holidays. We all had been wanting to try the Blue Vinny for sometime and the table was booked. On arrival you could see we were in for a treat, the large garage/out building was full of hanging pheasants – good local produce!!
The interior is still basically a pub, dart board, blokes at the bar and good old style tables with contemporary chairs. Each reserved table had a small blackboard with the name of the reserver, so finding our table was no bother and a nice touch.
The Blue Vinny has plenty of ales and lagers to choose from, plus ciders and good wine. The menu was extensive concentrating on seasonal produce, with a good selection of hearty warming dishes. We decided to skip starters, so while we were selecting from the menu we ordered garlic bread and olives.. Which is the only photograph that came out, it was just too dark to take without a flash!
For mains we had:
Confit of pork belly, saute of black pudding, chorizo sausage, new potatoes and apples with a cider gravy — a huge dish of succulent pork belly and crackling, Steve did well to finish this!
Chargrilled aubergine & haloumi burger with crispy onions, harissa mayonnaise, sweet potato fries and Dorset salad — a plate of lots of differing flavours, a great nutty flavour from the griddled haloumi, it could have just done with more aubergine.
Slow braised lamb shank with Blue Vinny dauphinoise potatoes and a rich redcurrant mint sauce — the sauce was certainly rich and it was a hearty winter dish when combined with the rich Blue Vinny potatoes, super succulent lamb and a fresh red currant – double yum!!
Blackened Salmon fillet & Noodles — this was from their special board and was bursting with Moroccan/Cajun flavours..
For desserts we had two between four– sorbet and a wonderful chocolate & orange torte on an amaretti biscuit base, that had crispy orange rind and raspberry coulis.
The meal, ambience and service where all very good and another fine gastro pub to add to the list….
The Blue Vinny
12 The Moor
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|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||No|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||No|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|