As a starter we chose ham hock croquette with Madeira poached apples, caramelised apple puree, tarragon and pine nut pesto and apple blossom. The dish was delicious, with large, meaty pieces of ham in the croquette, the flavours really enhanced by the apple puree and fresh pesto, with a pretty scattering of blossom from nearby apple orchards. For our main course I chose the fillet of hake in a classic bouillabaisse souce with mussels, clams, saffron potatoes, confit baby fennel and taragon oil. My hake was nicely cooked, breaking up into large flaky pieces, arranged on top of the shellfish and cubes of potato with fork sized pieces of green beans.
The vegetables were perfectly cooked, on the crisp side, although the sauce was quite salty with oriental overtones of soy sauce rather than the fishy flavours I was expecting. The calf liver which was very tender and beautifully enhanced by the fruity sharpness of the balsamic vinegar and shallots, the kale was beautifully buttery.
This impression was borne out when our desert arrived. We could have had a comforting seasonal fruit crumble with vanilla custard, but wanting to explore something more adventurous, we went for the lemon and lavender terrine, with raspberry parfait and lemon meringue. What arrived would not have been out of place from a Michelin star kitchen. The raspberry parfait, an iced mould of tangy fruitiness, softened by the creamy terrine infused with delicate lavender and lemon flavours, scattered with fresh and freeze-dried raspberries and tiny lemon meringues that popped with sugary citrus flavour.
I can safely say that we went back to our room feeling very full and happy with our delicious dinner. To get us started there was a table laid out with a tempting selection of juices, fresh fruit, nuts and seeds to eat with granola or cereals. A fresh pot of coffee and tea was brought to us with some hot toast with a selection of different breads and then we ordered from the cooked breakfast menu. I went for the smoked salmon, poached eggs and muffins as I normally go for Eggs Benedict when in a nice hotel, my sister choosing bacon and scrambled egg with her muffin.
The smoked salmon was plentiful, cut in generous slices and the poached eggs perfectly cooked with the yolk running out as I cut into it. It was a really delicious start to the day before we checked out and set off on our walk from the nearby village of Lodsworth.
The inn is ideal for couples who want to combine sightseeing and culture with great food and is also an excellent base for those who enjoy walking. There is free wifi both in the inn and the rooms and parking immediately outside both locations. You can check here for options of other hotels in West Sussex.
A bit further up the road is the Lodsworth Larder , a village shop and deli where you can buy some delicious local cheeses and other things for your picnic. We loved wandering around the streets, admiring the old buildings and dipping into the stylish boutiques and gift shops as well as buying our picnic at The Hungry Guest.
More information on the Discover Petworth website. The 17th century mansion is set in a acre deer park and is stuffed full of fine paintings including those by Turner, Constable and Van Dyke. The walk took us across open fields, past farmyards and millponds and through woods that were carpeted with bluebells before we ended with a stroll through the apple orchards in full blossom. You can follow the walk here.
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Heather and her sister were hosted for a 1 night stay with dinner at The Halfway Bridge. Return to top Belgium The great southern forest of the Ardennes is excellent for lonely woodland-walking on accurately marked trails, and 4, miles of waymarked long-distance routes cross the country, along with four RAVel "slow roads" - disused railway lines and canal towpaths, converted for walkers and cyclists by the charmingly named Wallonia Slow Traffic Committee. Get the latest news, articles and offers in our newsletter sent out around every two weeks. The Independent Books. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. This fine Exmoor walk initially crosses higher ground, visiting the top of Withypool Hill and a stone circle before descending through farmland to reach the Tarr Steps — a medieval stone clapper bridge reassembled after being washed away by winter floods last year. You can follow the walk here.
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