The Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton is one of the great Dorset village pubs and it is fabulous to see that Lisa & Mark Ramsden (Head Chef) have moved in to continue its reputation for good food. Moving down from Manchester, they have completely refurbished the pub into a vintage chic, homely family pub. The decor is plush, with wonderful matching fabrics and eclectic mix of furnishings, plus the best darts room I have ever seen!!
The Thimble’s menu isn’t long and changes on a regular basis, depending on what local ingredients are available. They also do traditional Sunday roasts with locally sourced meats. The bar has the complete range of Palmers fine ales, the wine list is extensive and we selected a fine crisp South African Chenin Blanc.
While we grazed on olives and warm fresh bread, we chose our meal. For starters Vicky went for her usual goats cheese & salad and I selected the crispy squid with Asian slaw. For mains, Vicky stayed with their vegetarian option and I went (as usual) for the pork belly.
Vicky’s local goats cheese, mixed leaf salad, figs and sherry dressing was the prefect light starter. The goats cheese was wonderful and soft with a delicate flavour, for texture there were crispy croutons and the sherry dressing was a delight.
My crispy squid, Asian slaw and chilli salt looked impressive and also tasted great. Crispy Panko breadcrumb coated the tender slices of squid and the coleslaw had wonderful fresh flavours of mint & fresh herbs, with just a hint of chilli.
Vicky’s main of butternut squash, toasted pecan, ricotta & sage Wellington with a cream veloute, again not only looked delicious, it was delicious! It was served with wonderfully cooked crispy vegetables.
My slow cooked confit of pork belly, mashed potato, fine beans, apple sauce and gravy hit all the spots for a hungry carnivore! Succulent pork, with real crackling and the beans were nice and crisp, all served with a wonderful rich jus.
I was now very full and content, but somehow Vicky found room for dessert and chose this Italian classic affogato, crushed amaretti biscuits, ice cream with a shot of hot espresso coffee & Amaretto liqueur.
We then enjoyed a game of darts, something we haven’t done for a long, long time and it took a long, long time before I finally hit the double one finish!!
The Thimble Inn has a wonderful family orientated atmosphere, helpful & cheerful staff, along with great food, so I’m sure Lisa & Mark will have a good future in the Piddle Valley. There is also more than adequate parking at the rear of the pub, so give The Thimble a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
The Thimble Inn
14 High Street
t: 01300 348270
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