As a temporary resident of Etwall, it seems only right that I take full advantage of being within walking distance of Blenheim House, and what better night to visit than Ladies Night, where 2 courses were £15.95 and 3 courses were £18.95 (and there was no mention of the World Cup – result!)
The restaurant with rooms has changed hands a couple of times in the last year or so, and you can already tell that the new owners are making a great effort to breathe some new life into the the place with events such as bank holiday barbecues, and of course ladies night which is the last Thursday of the month
As it was such a gorgeous evening when we visited, we ordered a bottle of rosé and sat outside whilst we made our menu choices
There are three outdoor seating areas – one either side of the building and one at the front, which is where we sat as it had the last of the evening sun – got to make the most of it while it lasts!
Rosé sipped and orders taken, we were led through to the dining room where each place setting was laid with a hand tied posy (picture stolen from their Instagram as it was better than mine!)
There was no mention of it on the menu, so it was a lovely surprise to receive a Kir Royal as we sat down at the table – a very thoughtful extra touch which everyone clearly appreciated!
For my starter I ordered the scallops with spiced butternut puree, prosciutto crisp, pomegranate & pea shoots. The slices of scallop were perfectly cooked and the accompanying puree complimented them well, although it could have done with a bit more oomph, whether that me more spice or seasoning. Shards of crisp prosciutto and pops of pomegranate provided not only a salty and sweet contrast but also some different textures against the scallops
Maybe it’s just this weather but I can’t stop eating fish at the moment, so it had to be the sea bass for my main. The fish itself was so delicate and the skin perfectly crisp and well seasoned. Although the pea and asparagus risotto it sat atop could have been a little looser in texture, it was vibrant in flavour and the drizzle of truffle oil gave it depth
I obviously had my savoury head on that day as the cheese board was calling to me, and when it arrived there was easily enough for two! Personally I would like to have seen a soft cheese included in the selection, but the cheeses provided were nice and I made a good dent in them all (and there was no red onion chutney left at all!)
We nattered the night away until we were the only ones left, having had a really lovely evening! Compliments to the ladies looking after us, service was great
Even though I knew the price of the menu before we arrived, when the bill came I was still astounded by the value for money, especially with the complimentary Kir Royal. It definitely won’t be long before we’re back!
The other pubs in the village have their place for their cheap beer & sports, but give me somewhere like The Blenheim any day. I’m always really surprised by how quiet it can be for a village that’s sandwiched right between Mickleover and Hilton, when it ought to be just as busy as say, The Bulls Head in Repton or The Cock Inn at Mugginton. A little modernisation wouldn’t go amiss (those blue spotlights in the dining room can be the first victims!) but let’s hope the new owners kick start something really amazing!Have you ever visited Blenheim House?