I’m quite a fan of The Five Bells in Weston Turville as a beautiful Sunday retreat for a lazy lunch in traditionally quaint surroundings. From rustic wooden tables to exposed beams, hearty food and an exquisitely cute country interior, it’s the perfect way to while away the weekend with fabulous food and drink.
Being a vegetarian can make eating out rather difficult, especially as I also avoid fish and egg, but I’ve always been spoilt for choice at The Five Bells as their veggie section and special board is always on form. For today’s starter I had the soup of the day which was vibrantly fresh and fruity tomato and torn basil with rustic wholemeal bread and salted butter for £3.50. The soup was nicely thick whilst being light and uplifting and I couldn’t resist dipping my crusty bread whilst watching the butter melt into swirls. Creamy, crunchy and succulently sweet, just how I like it.
For my main I had the ricotta, spinach and red pepper tart in a tomato, olive and herb sauce with a plate of roast vegetables and a yorkshire pudding for £9.75. I love a good quality thick and crumbly pastry, and this certainly didn’t disappoint as I’m devastated by soggy and thin bases which thankfully wasn’t the case. Spinach and ricotta is a beautifully creamy and rich filling which tastes incredible with the zingy vibrant tomato and herb sauce. A nice fluffy Yorkshire pud, cabbage, roast parsnips, peas, carrots, potatoes and cauliflower left my taste buds in overdrive and totally pushed my waistline to the limit for such a generously sized portion. Hearty, wholesome and undeniably delicious.
I finished my meal with the dessert of fresh berries with strawberries, raspberries and Greek yogurt in a raspberry jam coulis for £5.25. However, as I don’t eat yogurt, I know I’m fussy, I asked for the fruit on it’s own and it was the perfect light and refreshing finish to a wonderful meal. The raspberry jam coulis sent me into a saliva frenzy with it’s sweet and zingy punch, and the red fruit was juicy, fresh and plump. Another wonderful meal at The Five Bells in Weston Turville, and the perfect preparation for a spot of contented belly patting and an afternoon nap.