When I first heard about Blandy’s Bistro in Kintbury I wondered about it. It is based in what used to be a luxurious spa hotel and is now a much more luxurious restaurant based in Inglewood with superb apartments built around it. There is also a spa there and the great thing is that currently not too many people know that it is there. This means that you can go and have a splendid taster menu on a Friday or Saturday night or eat at Blandy’s Bistro between 9am and 9pm every day except Sunday where they finish earlier. However it is definitely worth going on a Sunday for the lunch.
Gert is the head chef there and is imaginative and adventurous. He is originally from South Africa and has introduced what we in Great Britain would call barbecues but which Gert would call a Braai. On Bank Holiday Monday at the end of August he will be doing one of his famous barbecues (we are in the UK so we use the word barbecue) which I really want to try.
This picture does not do Gert justice but it is probably just as well as he is not only taken he is about to get spliced so back off ladies. He has worked in a variety of places including The Vineyard and it shows in the quality of his food. The prices are very attractive with the Ladies Lunches costing only £20.
This was my crispy chicken drumstick with parma ham, asparagus and dressing with a scattering of pea shoots.
My main course was cod and chips, really well cooked and flaky cod, a very crisp batter resting on crushed peas with a pea puree escaping from the end. Crisp Jenga chips and a grilled half lemon along with home made tartare sauce.
Ha! this dish nearly caused a dust up when James (also known as Russell) ordered it then had doubts about whether he was going to have plate envy. It was fantastic, a spring onion risotto, chestnut mushrooms and pulled ham hock with the perfect texture, not mushy and not too hard with flavours that went really well together.
This was another guests afternoon tea which looked fine but you should see the amazing cream tea that is offered on tiered plates with sandwiches and an assortment of cakes. It looks divine and word is spreading that this is the place to go for a good cream tea, accompanied by a nice bit of fizz if you are feeling racy.
I popped in again to interview Gert for Kennet Radio and he produced these wonderful canapes for me, black pudding balls and smoked salmon cones with a mixture of pear or apple in them which went down VERY well.
What you may not know is that there are also a couple of hotel apartments available so that you could enjoy your tasting menu then stay the night. When I have tried them out I will let you know what they are like but if they are anything like the rest of the venue they will be glorious. Even better there are several around the country and I intend to try them all out!
This is James (also known as Russell) Hussey who manages a fantastic site called The EDGE http://www.eatdrinkgreatevents.com/
We are starting to work together quite a bit although he always looks a bit nervous near me, he takes great photos and I love his site