Review on The Bluebell
The Bluebell is a part-timbered 500 year old coaching inn set on the one mile High Street of the mediaeval town of Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire. Current owners Leigh and Duncan Taylor have created a sleekly groomed venue, whilst retaining the original beams, flagstone flooring and fireplaces. In summer months guests can sit back and unwind on the stylish terrace with a glass of wine, or a leisurely meal.
The kitchen is under the leadership of Simon Malin who previously ran the Malbec Petit Bistro in Stratford upon Avon, and this popular restaurant has been crowned the Midlands regional winner for 2012/2013 in the prestigious Good Food Guide Reader's Restaurant of the Year Awards. His food is based around keenly sourced regional ingredients and he employs modern cooking techniques using sous-vide, under vacuum technology, enabling products to retain their natural juices.
There's much to enjoy on Malin's menu with starters of crispy Warwickshire lamb sweetbreads, wood roasted peppers, capers, and basil mayonnaise or maybe grilled Cornish sardines on toast, tomato Provencal, and good oil. Main courses follow with slow cooked leg of Loire Valley rabbit, pea and pancetta linguine, Hogan's cider and rosemary creams or whole grilled South coast fish of the day, Charlotte potatoes, leeks, sea purslane, caper and lemon butter. To conclude there are tasty desserts such as Valrhona chocolate mousse, candied oranges and creme fraiche or warm fig and hazelnut frangipane, burnt honey and Greek yoghurt ice cream.
The wine list brings together some great wines from around the globe, with an excellent range by the glass, together with cask ales and ciders.
The Bluebell is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 3.30pm Sun) (3.00 - 5.00pm Afternoon Tea)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express