Roast with the most

It may not be the weather for roast dinners this month so far but you can bet your bottom almost-one-for-one dollar it will be soon enough. And anyway for some of us roast dinners are not just for winter but for all year. H&D recently reviewed The Newbury pub in Newbury town centre for the Newbury Weekly News's Out&About magazine and had a fabulous sharing platter with lots of roast meats and great veg. It was topped and tailed by super starters and desserts. Our review appeared in the April issue and we reprint here along with a selection of pictures. It makes us relive the gorgeousness every time we look at them! #roast #roastdinner #roastlunch #TheNewbury #NewburyWeeklyNews #OutAboutmagaz

L'ortolan love

I've not visited l'ortolan for some time so with one half of H&D having a birthday we decided their spring lunch offer (£89 for two) would be a good time to revisit. It has not changed - still the beautiful wisteria-covered building, the cool dining room and the sumptuous bar area and conservatory. Heart shaped scrapings from a lovely l'ortolan dessert And, yes - the food is just as good as it ever was. Stand-out dish in this 6-course menu for me was the sea bream - a large slab with the crispiest of skin on top of a silken potato puree with a preserved lemon sauce, fennel chargrilled so it was sweet and sticky, samphire and tomatoes with a hint of smoke. Sweetness, smokiness, silkiness - s

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