Tom Sheard checked out The Beehive
The weather outside is gloomy, the temperature has dropped, it’s a Sunday afternoon and that can mean only one thing… a pub Sunday roast! I was lucky enough to drop into The Beehive in Thorner for some quintessential British pub grub.
A pub Sunday roast! – Now, I’ll admit, I’m a vegetarian and that sometimes makes things a little difficult when eating out, especially when it comes down to a Sunday Roast, but The Beehive didn’t disappoint. Smiles on arrival, cocktails laced with honey (of course) and desserts to knock your socks off I was impressed from start to finish so, let me tell you why…
We were welcomed in with a beaming smile from Masie the restaurant manager and shown to our seats where we were offered drinks immediately. Great start. The cocktail list here is extensive and currently they are running a promotion for two for one cocktails on items priced £7.50. We had to start with ‘The Beehive’ cocktail which was a mix of Honeybee gin, lime, sugar, honey and crème de mure which was stunning. A delicate and refreshing drink sweetened by honey and topped with beautiful edible flowers. Other drinks on the list include all the usual daiquiris, and espresso martini’s but I also tried their ‘Purple Rain’ cocktail, which was a mix of Tanqueray gin, Ribena Syrup, crème de cassis, lime and raspberry. A smooth cocktail that was sweet from the syrup and finished with a light sting from the raspberry, one I highly recommend.
The staff here are very attentive, knowledgeable of the menus and they seem to buzz just like a swarm of bees in a beehive, keeping busy, filling your glass of water and attending to your every need. I’ve always said the service is just as important as the food in any restaurant and they didn’t prove me wrong here, they were a delight to meet.
It was nice to see that The Beehive Thorner changes their vegetarian options every week which is a genius move if you ask me. Keep the veggies happy and you’re catering for everybody. It is worth noting for the non-veggies that the Sunday roast can be served with either two or three different meats which consist of 12 hour roasted sirloin beef, roast pork loin or roast chicken.
This week the vegetarian dish was the harissa carrots, lentils, chickpeas and broccoli which was nothing less than beautiful. Expertly presented on charming, rustic porcelain plates and the taste was just the same. An infusion of flavours with the heat from the harissa carrots and then the cooling of the vegan yoghurt, it was delicious. But we couldn’t stop there! We still wanted to try the roast. The veggie roast consists of “all the trimmings” by that I mean all your usual veggies, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire puddings and a vegetarian gravy. I was a little bit disappointed there wasn’t an alternative to have with the roast itself such as a meat substitute, but it was still extremely tasty, and I would definitely return.
Finally, was a dessert that blew my mind. By far one of the best I have ever tasted. Sticking with the theme I opted for the Honey Parfait. This dish was absolutely incredible. The parfait was served with honey gel, honeycomb pieces and caramelized white chocolate scattered around the plate. Sublime is an understatement, this dish left me wanting more and more and more!
All in all, it was a wonderful experience in a pub with a great atmosphere, sophisticated décor and lovely staff. Personally, I would like to see a few more vegetarian dishes on the menu but as a whole I left there happy, full to bursting and completely satisfied.
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