The Baraset Barn
We have been going to The Baraset Barn for many years, in fact it is one of our favourite restaurants. Whether going for lunch, dinner or just a drink, the experience is always exceptional. The staff are excellent, friendly and attentive (your glass is rarely empty) and the manager Maggie makes the experience. The 200 year old converted barn creates a great setting with its oak beams and flagstone floor. In the winter there is a cosy log fire and for the summer months a modern decking area for alfresco dining. The Baraset Barn is old meets new at its very best.
On this occasion we decided to go for Sunday lunch. As we arrived we were greeted by Maggie, who quickly had drinks in our hands as we struggled to decide what we wanted to order from the interesting and varied menu. The Baraset has a well stocked bar and extensive wine list. Soon after ordering we were taken through to our table where there was fresh bread and oil waiting for us. To start I ordered the ham hock and smoked chicken terrine with piccalilli pickled vegetables and pink peppercorn crisp bread which worked really well – the piccalilli cut through the terrine just right and the crisp bread added great texture. Kate and my Mother ordered the soup of the day which was tomato and basil and the asparagus with poached duck egg and parmasan hazelnut dressing, both of them said they were really nice.
For main course we all ordered roasts – they both had chicken, the potion size was huge! I had the roast sirloin of beef which was lovely and was rare as I ordered it. Each roast is served with its own accompaniments as well as fresh vegetables and duck fat roast potatoes.
Although we were quite full by now, two of us managed to fit in a dessert (there always seems to be room for pudding!). Kate ordered the blood orange and chocolate brownie with pistachio ice cream and chocolate tulie, Kate is some what of a brownie connoisseur and she said it was one of the nicest brownies she has ever had! I had the warm blueberry and white chocolate Bakewell tart with clotted cream and honeycomb which was delicious.
After dessert we had coffee in the lounge area where we had previously had drinks and ordered. We had flat whites which were presented beautifully and served with home made chocolate fudge, a lovely end to a great meal.
As I have already said we have been going to the Baraset for many years and I cannot recommend it enough. The decor and ambience is relaxed and welcoming, the food is excellent and the staff and service are brilliant!