Situated near Newmarket’s famous paddocks and training stables you will find Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa.
Bounce Magazine was delighted to be invited along to sample the menu at Squires, the hotel’s much loved restaurant.
Upon arrival, naturally, we were surrounded by paintings of horses and being so close to the racing community it is clear to see the hotel is very proud of its equine heritage.
The restaurant was beautifully decorated, with a sizeable cocktail bar to one side. A dramatic feature in the room, which caught my attention throughout the night as staff made cocktails and served drinks.
As we took our seats in high back leather armchairs, our waitress greeted us with two large menus.
“I’m sure she could see right through our expressions of excitement; we needed more than a few minutes to decide on this occasion! ”
One menu contained the classic bar options such as Braised Beef and Ale Pie, Newmarket Sausages, Peas with Mash and the other, was an à la carte menu, containing slightly more adventurous dishes like Roast Duck Breast.
It was great to see the ingredients are locally sourced (stated at the bottom of the menu) and each dish on the à la carte was paired with a wine suggestion, which was great for me as I always struggle to know what wine suits a dish.
Squires Restaurant holds two coveted AA Rosettes and the head chef James Fairchild has been instrumental to the restaurant holding on to the prestigious awards. As we started to receive the first of our dishes, it wasn’t hard to see why.
After nibbling our way through some incredible homemade coconut and walnut bread, we were then served an amuse bouche of Barbeque Sweet Corn Soup. Although this was rather sweet for my palate it certainly got my taste buds going!
To start, I chose the Wild Mushroom and Rocket Risotto with White Truffle and Porcini Cream, with a Crispy Poached Egg from the bar menu. The risotto was moist and cooked to perfection, the crispy hen’s egg was crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.
My partner Sam chose Corn Fed Chicken with Mango Gel, Popcorn, Barbeque Sauce and a Charred Bon Bon from a the à la carte menu. He was very satisfied with his choice and the popcorn gave the dish a really modern edge.
For the main event I went all out this time, it’s not often you find a menu with lobster up for grabs, but this wasn’t just your normal ‘lobster tail with chips,’ oh no! This was Whole Native Lobster with a Butter Poached Tail, Crispy Claw Wontons, Wild Garlic Leaves with Tender Stem Broccoli and a Fresh Blueberry and Black Pepper Sauce.
One word, delectable! The poached tail was tender and the wontons were beautifully crunchy and flavourful. Sam chose from the bar menu and opted for Prime Steak with Hand Cut Chips. It didn’t last long so that’s always a good sign!
The jewel in the crown for me was the dessert, one of my favourites to date in fact. ‘Shades of Pink’ every girls dream dessert!
Not only did it sound good, Rhubarb Sorbet, Poached Rhubarb Crisp, Pomegranate Foam, and Pink Cookie Crumble with Pink Custard, it looked like a work of art! Even Sam’s Hot Chocolate Fondant, couldn’t live up to this one!
I’d highly recommend Squires Restaurant. With dishes to suit everyone’s taste, why not give it a shot.
For more information call 01638 663175 or visit the website www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk