A true treat
18th May 2017
recently visited us at Tuddenham Mill to try our seasonal set lunch menu and take a look around our new contemporary Nooks. Read their review here:
Having been awarded 3 AA rosettes at the beginning of the year, Tuddenham Mill are now one of only two locations in the county to hold this accreditation and we are certainly not surprised. They’re famed within the area for their picturesque setting, exceptional food and stunning accommodation so we headed along to sample their new spring lunch menu… oh, and take a peek at their new contemporary Meadow Nooks!
Tuddenham Mill’s award-winning kitchen team is headed up by Lee Bye who has been crafting delicious dishes since he started here in 2014. “I love creating exciting, contemporary menus which are reflective of the seasons and the fantastic local produce we have on offer across the region,” he explains as he is talking us through today’s set lunch menu.
“I love spring as there is just so much on offer and it really enables me to play with certain flavours. Asparagus is one of my favourites at the moment and it’s really at its best at the moment. We get ours just down the road from Tilbrooks and the taste is like no other,” explains Lee.
Following this, we thought it was only best we sampled the asparagus starter which is served with Worlington goose egg, wild garlic and Pecorino. We also opted for Reg’s duck liver parfait which was served on brioche and topped with glazed hearts and land cress. Lee was right. The asparagus really was like no other and the stalks were thick and packed full of flavour. The colouring was impressive and the goose egg was poached to perfection. This was a satisfying start for what was to follow. The duck liver parfait was light yet incredibly rich as it lay on the sweet light brioche. This too packed a flavoursome punch.
When it came to the main event, we again welcomed the advice, this time of the waitress. “The Breckland lamb is sensational and it’s been our most popular,” as she explained the accompanying elements as well as detailing some of the other dishes on offer. We also chose the hake which was a hard decision as it was up against Cavenham Heath muntjac and king oyster mushroom. As with all of their dishes, they are presented beautifully and each is a piece of culinary art in its own right with the striking colouring and unique arrangement. The local lamb was a generous size and oozed flavour. It was served with kofta ragout, yoghurt, mint and St Edmunds ale which all complemented each other in different ways. “This dish combines a unique mix of simple flavours to create a new take on lamb. It’s been a popular one for us already and the lamb we source from Breckland in Norfolk,” Lee tells us.
The hake ‘tranche’ was seriously generous and flaked with ease. It had a delicate flavour which wasn’t overpowering but the brown shrimps served alongside it were a welcome touch. This too was served with the Mill’s favourite asparagus, Fenland cauliflower and sobrasada.
Dessert sparked yet more flavoursome fireworks. As a serious chocolate lover, I was reeled in by sea buckthorn posset with Pump Street chocolate and hazelnut oil and what a choice it was. The creamy orange posset was divine and the rich chocolate crumb worked perfectly. This was a real winner for me and really rounded it off nicely. The Jonagold apple with buffalo ricotta, village honey and filo also made the cut. The apple was drenched in honey and the pistachios and filo again added a welcome crunch.
Having thoroughly enjoyed 3 courses (which may I add is priced at only £22.50!), I felt pleasantly satisfied and not at all overwhelmed. They certainly opt for quality over quantity and each dish was faultless. I can certainly see why they’ve gained the 3 AA rosettes and would suggest a visit with friends, family or a loved one. The setting is unique in that it can be suitable to a casual affair or to mark a special occasion and there seemed to be a mix of both whilst we dined.
After, we took a look around their new Nooks which are placed out in the meadow by the mill stream. They’re rustic yet romantic and are certainly deceiving when it comes to size. The interior is well thought out and has everything you need for an uninterrupted stayover. They really feel as though you’re completely secluded. The wood-fired hot tub, floating beds and elegant interior were the highlights for me. Oh and their signature Missoni dressing gowns and ESPA goodies…