RESTAURANT REVIEW: TUDOR FARMHOUSE
Over the last year or so I've spoken a lot on dating apps, dating dilemmas, post-relationship learning curves, and everything in between as a hopeful singleton. However, since May this year, I managed to meet a fantastic man (otherwise known as "Ed") and things have been wonderful. Our similar core values and goals in life has helped create fluidity and excitement, sharing the same sort of humour has kept things light and fun, the open, vulnerable communication has enhanced our connection and intimacy — and whilst we have a lot of love for each other, there's one thing in particular that has enhanced our bond, and that's our combined love towards food and drink! From cooking amazing meals together, to binge watching Masterchef: The Professionals, to our lavish wining and dining date nights... if food and drink was a love language, it would be top of our list. With that said, I've decided to spread the love further by writing short reviews on our favourite restaurants and bars, starting with one of our most recent experiences at Tudor Farmhouse... hope you enjoy!
Last month we headed towards Gloucestershire's Forest of Dean for a weekend getaway, we were lucky enough to bag ourselves a detached, spacious, stone cottage with a log fire burner & hot tub nestled along a remote country lane. It was the perfect place to retreat, de-stress and enjoy some quality time together.
As foodies we put a fair amount of time in choosing the places we want to dine; basing our decision on a combination of reviews, the menu, photos and the distance from our accommodation. To summarise, Tudor Farmhouse is a charming boutique hotel and restaurant offering a traditional British countryside experience, it's a collection of 16th-century stone buildings surrounded by acres of fields. The property has a small farm with sheep, ponies, chickens and ducks. They also grow their fruit and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden and Orchard. The added bonus was that the venue only a 5 minute drive from us which was super convenient!
Seeing as we made reservations for dinner we didn't get a chance to take in all the glorious, postcard-pretty daytime views, nonetheless the venue at night was just as beautiful. On arrival we were greeted by a friendly staff member who confirmed our table was ready and asked whether we wanted to sit in the conservatory to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks, which of course we said yes to! I ordered a Crumbletini (basically a Rhubarb and Apple crumble as a cocktail, yum!) and Ed chose an Elderflower, Apple and Mint Sparkle — both beverages were refreshing, delicious and went down fairly quickly!
What I really appreciated was the warm, rustic decor and dim lighting, I loved the contrast between the dark old wooden beams against the light stone walls, along with the tasteful bouquets of flowers and cute little plants carefully placed around the venue. The overall ambience was relaxing and very cosy. I suspect November is an off-peak time for UK staycationers hence why the restaurant was fairly quiet but that didn't bother me at all as I usually prefer places with minimal buzz and noise.
Tudor Farmhouse is probably one of the pricier places to eat in comparison to the other country pubs in the surrounding area but it's definitely worth it. Though, I personally don't view this place as a typical country pub as it's has a slight touch of fine dining without being pretentious. The food is modern, well presented, seasonal and locally sourced. We were given a complimentary green pea and goats cheese amuse bouche teamed with some fresh sourdough bread and butter. On this occasion we went straight for the mains and skipped dessert (due to no stomach space left and tiredness from travelling); I ordered Duck Breast on a bed of Braised Red Cabbage with Sweet Potato Puree and a Potato & Parsnip Gratin; Ed went for the Venison Steak with Peppery Kale, Potato Puree served with a mini Shepard's Pie on the side.
The presentation of the food was great, both meats were very tender and perfectly cooked (medium rare), flavours were rich (the Shepard's Pie in particular packed quite a gamey punch) then we finished up with another round of cocktails! In total we spent roughly £50 a head which was pretty reasonable for the quality of food and drink.
Worth mentioning that towards the last 15 minutes of our meal we had a great conversation with a local couple sitting next to us who had given us recommendations for places to visit during our stay and shared a few funny anecdotes about their career journeys 😊 It's always a welcomed addition when we're able to connect with fun, likeminded people with a similar passion for food! All in all, we left happy, comfortably full and ready for bed! Thank you to the attentive staff for making us feel welcome, blessing us with your delightful dishes, and giving us a lovely experience at Tudor Farmhouse.