As we were heading to Barcelona for a long weekend and would be away for my Husband’s birthday, the in-laws wanted to take us for dinner the night before we travelled – never ones to turn down going out, we agreed on The Three Horseshoes on Long Lane near Ashbourne and took a drive out there on a Wednesday night
Having heard only good things about the food since it re-opened back in September 2015, we were looking forward to our evening, especially as it was such a lovely one!
We sat out in the garden with a Pimms and enjoyed the sunshine
When it was our reservation time we headed inside to the restaurant, which is such a lovely space. I didn’t take too many photos inside as there were a lot of diners and didn’t want to intrude… (a very good sign on a Wednesday night!)
We chose a bottle of Portugese wine for the table – Duoro White, Quinta Do Crasto. We have been enjoying Portugese wines as of late, after tasting some at the ‘Discover Something New’ wine tasting at Worth Brothers, Kirk Langley (see my review here)
For starters, I went for the Brixham crab salad with local asparagus, grapefruit & orange, and a lemon dressing. The dish was beautifully presented, and it was a very generous portion. The grapefruit & orange worked really nicely with the rich crab meat, giving a fresh contrast but not too sharp. The salad leaves & asparagus gave yet more colour and helped keep the dish light. The crunchy bread added texture which made sure the dish wasn’t too ‘soft’. My fellow diners had the prawn & crayfish cocktail, beef carpaccio & the haddock risotto – all beautiful, the only comment being that the egg on the risotto was a little cool.
From where we were sat, we could see into the beautiful garden & terrace at the rear which would be fantastic summer lunch & drinks. They have live music every Saturday between 2:30pm & 5:00pm – I can’t think of anything better than sitting on their terrace with a glass of something cold listening to the music!
For the main course, two of us chose the braised blade of black Angus beef (tongue twister!) with asparagus & oyster mushrooms, Lyonnaise potatoes & a truffle jus. I really enjoyed this dish, the beef was tender and fell apart when you cut into it which is always a good sign. Potatoes & asparagus were both well cooked and it was nice to see something different with the oyster mushrooms. The truffle jus rounded off the dish nicely. The other two had the hake and the lamb – again, only one minor comment that the lamb could have been cooked a little less but flavour wise it was bang on.
Although the desserts on the menu sounded lovely (and when the in-laws’ ones arrived they confirmed they were – eton mess & strawberry cheesecake) we caught sight of the cheese tray and just couldn’t resist!
We opted for the 7 cheeses to share, and had a lovely mix of soft, hard & blue cheeses, with a delicious chutney, crackers, breads and grapes. A glass of port finished the course off nicely!
We all came away having thoroughly enjoyed our evening and agreed that we will definitely be back! The Three Horseshoes isn’t just a country pub, they’ve made it much more than that and by the amount of people there that night, they need to keep up what they’re doing as it obviously works!
A stunning location in summer, I imagine it would be amazingly cozy in Winter – we’ll just have to keep coming to find out!
Link to their website is here