THE VER­DICT

Food:

Surrey Life - - Food & Drink -

sweeps us to­wards the rus­tic. It’s a plate of food that leaves you won­der­ing if you can get an ex­tra one to take home with you, and Syl­viane has to fight me off with her fork.

For me though, the star of the show is the duo of Chart Farm veni­son roast loin and braised shoul­der pie. One minute you’re en­joy­ing beau­ti­fully-cooked veni­son with a mor­eishly deep sauce and spikes of fruity sharp­ness, and then you re­mem­ber there’s still a per­fect lit­tle pie to cut into. Heaven.

Syl­viane can’t re­sist the in­trigu­ingly named Gabriella’s ‘Bac­colo’ Hun­gar­ian goulash. Named af­ter the deputy head chef Denes Miko’s mother, as it’s based on a fam­ily recipe, this is a very tasty win­ter warmer.

To fin­ish, I can’t re­sist the black­berry and laven­der souf­flé with honey ice cream. It’s a fault­less end to our meal.

All the while, life calmly bub­bles around us. There are vil­lagers en­joy­ing a quick drink af­ter work; there are din­ers en­joy­ing a course or three; and there are oth­ers chat­ting over cof­fee and the pa­pers.

It’s early days, but The Bull Inn is tick­ing all the right boxes. It’s not the first com­mu­nity pub in Sur­rey, but it feels like they’ve hit on a blue­print that oth­ers may soon fol­low.

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