No need to hibernate at the Nut and Squirrel

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WHEN you think pub food you normally think of burgers and chips or sarnies all washed down with a pint or two. But if you go to the Nut and Squirrel do not go there with those preconceptions.

The pub, which is located next to the Morrisons supermarket in Westcroft, has overgone a major overhaul since being taken over as an Ember Inns establishment with the makeover work ushering in a revamp of everything from the menu to the interior design – all done with a lot of class.

We were met by manager Jim who ran through some of the history of the place. After asking his recommendations we listened as he ran through the menu with gusto, pretty much recommending everything – and it did all sound amazing.

After much deliberation the four of us decided to share the Farmhouse Board, a mix of dishes including pates, almond covered brie and beer battered mushrooms all served with toasts and dips. See what I mean about preconceptions being blown out of the water.

For the main course I settled for the leg of duck confit served with dauphinoise potatoes and braised red cabbage. It was cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth.

The rest of our party enjoyed dishes including Sea Bass, Lamb Shank and even a simple sandwich. And not one of them came away disappointed.

Throughout the meal we were approached by staff who were quick to offer their insights into the food and make sure everything was to our liking.

Just when it seemed we wouldn’t be able to fit any more in the dessert menu was dangled in front of our faces – and we duly accepted the invitation with three of us taking on the delicious chocolate brownie and ice cream and one trying the raspberry trifle.

The only downside? Returning to work afterwards.