Last night we were invited to sample the supper menu at the Bath Arms Inn at Longleat. A short 30 minute drive out of Bath (during rush hour and with Cleveland Bridge closed), it's the perfect bolt hole to escape city life. Down some twisting tree lined lanes, we pulled up outside the prettiest village pub and headed in. Full of charm with all the old features still in place, yet tastefully decorated and restored, we headed to our table in the dining room. The menu offered a wide selection of dishes to cater for all tastes, with "pub" options as well as a la carte. To start we chose the Burrata (£9.50) and the Fishcake (£8.50). The burrata was deliciously soft and creamy, and was served with glazed apricots, Dorset charcuterie, pumpkin seeds and a garlic crumb. The sweetness of the apricot cut through the richness of the cheese perfectly, and the crispy meat and seeds added an extra flavour dimension and texture. Very light and satisfying. The fishcake was flavoured with lemon and herbs (delicious) and a chilli and lime dressing that added a lovely heat and zing. The crisp shaved fennel and samphire finished the dish off perfectly.
To follow we ordered Cider Battered Fish and Chips (£15.50) and the Pork Tenderloin (£19). Lightly salted crisp fries were perfect with the fish, which was in a deliciously airy crunchy batter. The fish was moist and flavoursome, and the tartare and mushy peas a perfect accompaniment. The pork was tender and juicy, served on a bed a carrot puree, with a rich and tasty chorizo and black pudding croquette. The orange and saffron braised fennel was a nice surprise as fennel can often be overpowering, but this was spot on and worked well.
For dessert we chose the Peanut Butter Cheesecake (£8.50) and the Lemon Curd Tart (7.50). Both were really pretty and beautifully presented. The deconstructed cheesecake was a taste sensation, rich peanut buttery white chocolate served on a thin biscuit base, with fresh raspberries and a zippy raspberry sorbet. The tart was light and delivered a fabulous lemon hit, served with marscapone ice cream, mascerated strawberries and a gorgeous brandy snap. The powdered lemon sprinkled on the plate was truly delicious.
The setting for our meal was really impressive, there was a nice atmosphere, and the staff were very attentive. it was clear they all enjoy their jobs and care about the customer. Alice looked after us for the evening and she was professional, knowledgeable and very efficient.
After our meal we had a little look around. The outside covered seating area is impressive. When the chilly weather sets in the sides can be drawn down so there is the option to sit outside if you want to. Brianna showed us one of the bedrooms which was really cute - beautifully decorated and cosy with a view over Longleat Forest.
If you are a Bathonian, visiting Bath, or wanting to stay near Longleat then we highly recommend The Bath Arms Inn.
We really enjoyed our meal and will be back soon!
Husband & Wife living in Bath for over 20 years. All views are our own although we do get freebies along the way, which we will always tell you about.