Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Potting Shed

We really wanted to go back to The Potting Shed after we popped in for a quick gin, from possibly the largest gin menu I have ever seen! It was December and we had come to Crudwell for a friend’s wedding and we left in plenty of time to visit this beautiful little pub that we had seen and loved on Instagram.  The food smelt amazing and the cosy “snug” area was very appealing on a cold and drizzly day, complete with large sofas and a generous collection of board games. So, during the February half term James and I found ourselves with a day off together, perfect timing to head back to Crudwell and book into the main “shed” area of the pub.

The menu was homely and largely seasonal, with the prices reflecting he quality. I had Venison Pie which was essentially a really good “game” take on a classic Sheppard’s pie. It was simple, but delicious and lovingly presented in a Falcon Enamel pie dish and served with braised red cabbage on the side.  For those of you would read our blog regularly you will know by now that our chaps have a bit of an obsession with burgers. So obviously James tried out their Wild Boar and Smoked Applewood burger served with apricot mayonnaise and triple cooked chips...the boy was in heaven!

I had no room for desert but of course I had one anyway and ate it all. It was impossible not to, it was simply delicious. Banana bread and peanut butter parfait with candies walnuts…I mean, hello!? Whose genius idea was it to turn my favourite cake into a deconstructed desert. The banana bread was served warm so that peanut butter parfait melted all gooey and lovely all over it. I genuinely ate until I felt sick, and still felt full the next day.

I also had a little sneak peak into "The Hide" the private dining area, which is top of my list for my birthday or special occasion!

The charming style and décor of the Potting Shed is just what we love and want in a "more than a pub" pub. Roaring fires, delicious Cotswold fare,  Hugo Guinness sketches, cosy corners, a stylish private dining area, festoon lit beer garden, quirky trinkets, approachable staff , good coffee  and of course, that epic gin menu.

The food philosophy of the Potting Shed is: "to focus on a creative, British seasonal menu". We love therefore hat they even have heir own fruit and veg patch, in hindsight it would seem  silly not to with a name such as theirs. They grow herbs and veg for both their own restaurant and also the kitchen across the road at sister property The Rectory. In addition to this they have 10 raised beds for locals to use. No wonder the Potting shed is so popular with both locals and tourists, the key to a successful pub in the competitive Cotswolds.

Thank you for having us.

 Millie and Meg x 

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