THERE is no better way to celebrate a family birthday then with a meal out and that was just the case recently when we made a trip to the Dinorbin Arms.

I have never been there before but it is clear to see it has undergone a major refurbishment.

It is the latest pub to join the Brunning and Price chain sitting in the heart of the village of Bodfari.

The building is steeped in history. There is a beamed snug at the front of the building which greets you as you enter via the front doors and the old well which now sits in front of the bar. A tall tower has been added to the rear of the building with a spacious terrace, to take in the glorious views across the stunning hills beyond.

And those views and the interior are stunning.

As for the service it was spot on.

The staff were very obliging and it was no problem at all for us to swap our table from high stools to lower chairs.

During the meal they were very attentive but without being too much in your face.

I have to say that every Brunning and Price establishment I have been to have never failed to disappoint and this didn't.

We had such a relaxing lunch with great food and good company.

The menu was right up my street and to be honest I could have selected quite a few items, I was really spoilt for choice.

As it was lunch we did not have starters which enabled us to enjoy our main courses which were filling and beautifully presented.

I choose the sweet potato and chickpea tagine with fruity cous cous, mint yoghurt , toasted almonds and flat bread. Delicious. It was so tasty I was even tempted to ask for the recipe and attempt to make it myself!

Starter wise we could have chosen from leek and potato soup with chunky bread; chicken liver pâté with plum chutney and granary toast; tempura king prawns with Thai green dressed salad; pan fried pigeon breast with beetroot fondant, carrot and thyme puree and Cumberland sauce or charcuterie chicken liver pâtê, cured meats, pickles, and plum chutney with granary toast (great for sharing).

There is also a light bite options.

The rest of the family went for game suet pudding (venison, pheasant and rabbit) with mash and buttered greens but with chunky chips instead of the mash and salt and pepper squid with cucumber, peanut salad and lime creme fraiche with a bowl of chips on the side.

By the end of the meal all plates were clean which is testament itself to the cuisine.

The suet pudding was succulent with all game meats a tasty treat with the gravy being quickly mopped up by the chunky chips. The salt and peep squid was served in a crispy batter with a zingy peanut salad and line creme fraiche.

Everyone enjoyed their food.

With the promise of Spring around the corner I would highly recommend the Dinorben Arms as it is in a beautiful setting and offers excellent food and service.


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