After travelling across to Helmshore on a very damp soggy autumnal evening I found myself at the Cotton House, a Café and Bar. It was formerly known as the Bridge End Hotel. It has a small menu but not so small that there isn’t enough choice, and the menus states that their food focuses on local produce.
I scanned the menu and specials board (which has a selection which is rotated regularly based on available produce and the season) and immediately enquired the contents of the game pie. Pheasant, Partridge, Rabbit, Swede and Carrot. Now that sounds inviting I thought… and that settled my order, “One Game Pie please!”
I haven’t tasted Pheasant or Partridge before so can’t really comment on their individual flavours but together this was a very rich delicious offering. The meat was lean and cut into small chunks delivered in a luxurious gravy. The swede and carrot provided contrast. This was a true delight of flavours wrapped in a nicely formed handmade crimped shortcrust pastry. The plate also came with samphire, skin on chips and an additional gravy boat.
As I’ve said… Delicious! I will certainly book a table their again, maybe in warmer weather so I can sit outside in their riverside beer garden, and perhaps even sample some of their craft beers and gins while feasting on a pie.
A very pleasant 9.1
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