Best Reviewed Restaurant - The Normandy Arms

by Chris

The Normandy Arms

The Normandy Arms

I read a review of The Normandy Arms, Blackawton, Devon in the cold, dark days of January 2015. The mark of a good review induces a desire to go visit the place immediately and that was exactly my response.

This is an inn which exactly matches everyone's ideal of a traditional English pub - cosy, warm and welcoming with delicious locally sourced food and real ales.

A good choice of starters include:
French onion soup, Loch Duart salmon served in three ways; inn-smoked, beetroot cured and in a fishcake. Or try the salt beef on grilled rye bread with shallots, capers cornichons with soft poached egg. A grilled goat's cheese with beetroot, orange and elderflower salad is sublime as is the Devon potted crab with pickled cucumber.

Main courses include roasted hake loin with cauliflower, hash browns and oxtail croquettes. The fish is flaky in a crisp skin and the croquettes crisp on the outside and soft and chewy inside.
Slow roast pork belly is served with spiced red cabbage, baked apple and celeriac and truffle pork cheek. Or a tender roast haunch of venison comes with pommes salardaises, stuffed savoy cabbage, parsnips and red wine gravy.

Desserts on the menu include hot chocolate mousse, creme brulee, sticky toffee pudding and blood orange and white chocolate trifle.
Admittedly these would not figure high on a list of healthy foods but if it's just once in awhile why not?

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