The Shed is one of my favourite restaurants.
It’s my favourite kind of food – small plates of delciousness that you share tapas-style. Everything on the menu is seasonal and its good hearty food, where there are interesting flavour combinations without pretentiousness. It is absolutely scrummy. My friend proclaimed it to be a “taste sensation” which made me laugh at her, but it actually summed it up perfectly.
We had the table right next to the pass so you can watch the chef (and co-owner) plating up. The restaurant itself is cosy and quirky and would make an ideal date restaurant. In fact I would go as far to say, that taking someone to The Shed on a date would guarantee you a second date.
It’s not the cheapest place to eat, but everything is so yummy that it’s totally worth it.
We had some cocktails to kick things off – ‘Nutbourne Pinot Noir Grape Juice, Chase Vodka and Soda’ and a Shed Gin and Tonic….yum
We started with three little mouthfuls. These little canapés were amazing and I wanted to wrestle my friend to the floor for her share. I resisted. But it was close. I honestly couldn’t tell you which was more delicious.
Beetroot crisp, goat’s cheese, pear jam
Nutbourne pork scratching with apple
Mushroom marmite, confit egg yolk
These little bites were followed with the sharing plates of pan fried goats cheese with hazelnuts, honey and thyme. So simple. So delicious.
Lamb chips with parsley, lemon and harissa
We thought we had better get some vegetable so plumped for the gem squash with red split lentils, cabbage and mature cheddar
My personal favourite of spatchcock quail with quince and marjoram which thankfully has been on the menu each time I’ve been
Pork rillettes with pickled chard which we ate with the Shed’s sourdough….amazing!
We really didn’t need pudding, but couldn’t resist the Quince panettone with marmalade and pouring cream. I thought this sounded a bit odd but it was unbelievably good. It tasted just like Christmas. And it looks like a little borrowers house. What’s not to love.
I’m not going to lie, I waddled home after this feast but every mouthful was completely worth it.
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