Eating out: The Hop Pole

Having eaten eaten here a couple of times I jumped at the chance when my mum suggested The Hop Pole for Friday night tea. The settings for this place is beautiful, right on the canal side just out of Retford with great outdoor seating area I was gutted the weather wasn’t up to it and we wouldn’t be dining al fresco. The inside is just amazing, some would describe the decor as being a bit garish but I just love it, I always find myself just staring in amazement at all the colourful chairs and light fittings. Attention to detail even goes right down to the menus; I loved the newspaper style, the presentation was just great even down to the picture describing the beef cuts.

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What we ate: I ordered the braised beef blade off the specials board, it came with garlic mash, buttered baby veg, and jus. I could not say a bad word about this, from the beef which just melted in the mouth to the baby onions, carrots, turnips and leeks which were a delight. The mash was creamy, the jus was packed full of flavours so good there was no need to add any extra salt.

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Mum had trio of fish, also on the specials board which came presented in such a beautiful way- what a delight!! The trio was a big chunk of cod, mussles and fish pie which had big chunky pieces of salmon, prawns and mussles in, great! All this was served with sweet potato fries, pea purée and crispy capers, I’m told that it was really good, not that I got a look in.

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And finally dad went for steak, rump, a trend is forming here again this came out looking absolutely impeccable. The steak was cooked to perfection and came with all the trimmings and the chips came in a mini fryer basket, brilliant. I’m such a sucker for all things mini.

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What we drank: I kept it simple with a glass (or maybe two) of Pinot Grigio, dad was on the Heineken which is also a favourite of mine I’ve just had this little soft spot for it since I did the brewery tour when in Amsterdam a few years ago. Mum was the designated driver so kept to the coke.

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On the drive out I spotted the kitchen garden where this place grows its own produce, you don’t get more local sourcing than that.

Such a lovely experience, a definite recommend from me and somewhere were I will definitely be visiting again hopefully when the sun is shining so I can be in the gorgeos seating area watching the world go by.

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