Food Review - Blue Bell in Emsworth
A short distance from Emsworth Quay, the Blue Bell Inn is a traditional pub at the heart of the community which has remained true to its roots: buying local, serving local. Denise Lloyd explores what it offers…
The free house has been owned by the Babb family since 1994 and is overseen by Giles Babb, who has a passion to support the local economy and has an eye for excellent food.
As we stepped into the traditional pub which had a bustling atmosphere, everywhere we turned, the pub’s proud heritage and its connections to Emsworth’s fishing community did not go unnoticed, emphasising the kitchens reputation for delicious seafood.
My husband and I ordered a glass of Sauvignon blanc and a Peroni at the bar which were reasonably priced and served by amicable staff.
The menu offered an impressive range of dishes. The speciality board extended the options of local produce from neighbouring butcher HH Treagust and Sons, and fish and shellfish supplied by Johnsons Fish Enterprises Ltd of Portsmouth.
The Fresh ‘Blue Bell’ King Prawns (£6.75), cooked with chilli, garlic and fresh ground spices, was enjoyed as a starter. The flavoursome dish also lingered offering a welcomed kick.
My husband enjoyed the Pan-Fried Scallops and was impressed by the portion size at £6.50. The scallops were presented on a bed of balsamic dressed salad with chorizo and crispy pancetta.
“The pub’s proud heritage and its connections to Emsworth’s fishing community did not go unnoticed, emphasising the kitchens reputation for delicious seafood.”
For our main, the Roasted Rump of Lamb with cherry tomatoes, crushed mint peas and garlic mash in a rich lamb sauce, at £14.95 was fantastic. This perfectly pink and tender meat was cooked excellently. The crushed mint peas complimented the lamb exceptionally.
The specials board offered many delicious options, including the herb risotto with courgette, pepper and rocket salad sounded gorgeous and is suitable for vegans.
We struggled to find room for desert as our two-course dinner was an adequate amount. Therefore, we finished our meal with a coffee. Looking around, we could see many enticing options.
The Blue Bell offers a comfortable space which is well stocked with a wide range of drinks. Their reputation for fine food at reasonable prices is upheld with everything being prepared in-house, using local suppliers where possible. Breakfast and lunch available. 01243 373 394