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The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze Review 21 December 2018

The Eastfield Inn 

The Eastfield Inn used to be our local many years ago and calling in to chase away the ‘after Christmas blues’ with a nice pint and good hot dinner to keep out the chill we found it much improved. Firstly warm welcomes weren’t what it used to be famous for so we were bowled over by the lovely friendly and happy staff from the moment we walked in to when we waddled out some long time later, and secondly it’s been redecorated and rearranged into a more cosy and appealing place to socialise and eat.

They have kept the skittle alley which is proving very popular with the locals and there was a match in progress giving the atmosphere a jolly and competitive buzz; however we weren’t tempted to join in as supper was in the forefront of our minds. We lost no time in ordering a couple of pints of well kept Bath Gem before getting down to choosing from the appealing menu; all the pub favourites are there as well as some more inventive dishes.
Eastfield Inn
I took soup of the day to start, parsnip with a hint of ginger which sounded a great combination, followed by lamb shank tagine with almond, apricot and chickpeas served with spiced nigella seed couscous (see what I mean about inventive dishes?). However, I had noted on the ‘specials’ board, ‘bread and butter pudding’ as pudding of the day so I promised myself to leave some room for that. If there is steak and chips on offer you can bet my husband will order it which he did, sirloin steak with skin on chips, roasted cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms, but he was more adventurous with his starter – Thai fishcakes with wasabi mayo.

Our starters arrived and we tucked in with gusto; the soup was delicious and a meal in itself; I tried not to pig out on the crusty bread and butter served with it and failed. The Thai fish cakes were excellent lightly spiced and full of delicate white fish. Luckily there was a decent interval before the main courses as the starters were pretty robust and we didn’t even get a chance of a bit of exercise to walk to the bar as the charming waitress served more drinks at our table.
Eastfield Inn 
My lamb shank was all I hoped it would be, soft and tender meat falling away from the bone and I really enjoyed the combination of the couscous, apricots and chickpeas making the dish quite different from the usual way of serving lamb shank. The sirloin steak was cooked beautifully and not a scrap was left.

I did manage the bread and butter pudding, smothered in creamy custard and as good as my mum used to make!
Eastfield Inn 

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