Sometimes you just find a find, don’t you? The Black Bull is one of them. I had a stunning breakfast at the Black Bull a few months back in the company of Master Butcher, Johnny Pusztsai but this time we went for dinner.
Got to be honest, from my side of Nottingham, Blidworth is a bit of a hike – around 30 minutes in a cab, but it is worth every penny. A traditional village pub, stylish and friendly, with absolutely superb food, an imaginative menu brilliantly executed and a great gantry. This may be my spiritual home in the coalfields…
The Tasting Menu was very tempting but the dinner menu was just too hard to resist. We started with home-made bread and beef butter with puffed barley – put me in mind of Adam Handling’s chicken butter and crispy skin starter, and it was just as good.
I was particularly tempted by the Lobster/Oyster/Cucumber/Caviar combination. I’m a sucker for oysters and caviar (cheap date, I am not) and the FWH went for the lamb broth. Couldn’t fault my dish and the broth was rich and unctuous.
For mains, we went for the Pork Belly with an XL Scallop, black garlic and yuzu (and some popcorn) with Truffle and Parmesan fries and the Monkfish Vindaloo. The pork was cooked perfectly, the vindaloo was fabulous and the presentation really good. I’m not going to mention a recent experience of a rather posh place that ladled a curry on the plate in the manner of me at home when I’m in rush to get to Coronation Street on, this was how to present a curry.
For dessert we went with the chocolate and raspberries and the cheese board. I’m not a huge sweet person, but this was delicious, and at least this time the server knew what the cheese they were serving actually was.
The Black Bull is superb, great staff (fabulous welcome at the bar), great choice of drinks and really superb food. If you don’t fancy being the designated driver, I’d say it was well worth a cab trip out. Absolutely fabulous meal (and how often do I say that?).
As an addendum to this review, I will just add that we dined at the Black Bull somewhat incognito as I was a judge for this year’s Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards. Delighted to say that the Black Bull won my category “Best Out of Town” venue, and rightly so!