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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The Drum Inn, Torquay - Food Review!

We recently went to The Drum Inn, Cockington in Torquay for dinner.

Cockington is a picturesque little village, with lots of charm and beautifully thatched houses lining little narrow lanes. It really is stunning. So naturally we were excited to be visiting The Drum Inn and trying out their menu in this beautiful surrounding.

The outside of The Drum Inn is lovely, a beautiful old building with a thatched roof, right in the centre of the village. When we went inside we were greeted by our waitress Rebecca. She asked which area we would like to sit in, we chose to sit upstairs next to the window with a view, and can i say the view didn't disappoint.

Absolutely stunning. 

Inside has a real country feel, and is decorated well.

Anyway........ lets get to the food review.

The menu was great, so much to choose from it took us a while to decide.

I went for the Oven baked button and portobello mushrooms to start, and Ben went for the Caramelised sticky ribs.

The mushrooms were baked in a garlic and mature cheddar sauce served with rustic bread. The sauce was lovely and creamy, and the garlic didn't over power the dish, and portion size was good. I really enjoyed dipping my bread.

The Caramelised sticky ribs were glazed in a maple and chipotle sauce, served with a mango and pineapple salsa.

Obviously i had to try one of these once i saw them come out, they looked amazing and they tasted amazing too. The meat just fell of the bone and the glaze was so good, you got a slight kick once you had swallowed a mouthful. Ben really enjoyed these. The salsa was hidden under the ribs.

Beth didn't have a starter, and decided on a bowl of chips for main. Unfortunately she is very fussy when it comes to eating out, and we do struggle to find anything on the children's menu she will eat in most restaurants. However the children's menu here did have a lot to offer from sausages and burgers to battered cod and pasta, and the prices were really good at just £5.75 for a main choice, veg choice, and side choice. You could also add a pudding for £1.

For main I chose the Prime Beef Burger and Ben chose the 8oz Sirloin Steak. 

 The burger came with triple cooked chips, homemade onion rings and burger relish. I did add cheddar cheese and sweet cured streaky bacon to my burger (at an extra cost).

The burger was lovely and succulent, not dry at all. the flavour was great with the cheese and bacon. The brioche bun was toasted which made it have a slight crunch which was nice, But the chips were something else, i don't think i've ever tasted a chip so good, and Beth totally agreed with me. The triple cooked chips were chunky and crispy on the outside but so lovely and fluffy in the middle ( i can feel my mouth watering just typing this). The onion rings were really nice too, they had a light batter on them so they were not greasy or too heavy. I really enjoyed my main.

Bens 8oz Sirloin Steak came with the amazing triple cooked chips, homemade onion rings a thyme roasted tomato, and small salad. He also added a Blacksticks blue cheese sauce (at an extra cost).

He really enjoyed the chips like we did, he said that his steak was one of the best steaks he has ever had. The meat was so tender and it was cooked perfect (medium-rare). The sauce was really creamy and went perfect with the steak. The onion rings were crispy and crunchy. Overall he really enjoyed his meal.

We did decide we would take a look at the dessert menu, and the Pudding Tasting Platter caught our eye.

This lovely platter had a variety of smaller versions of the puddings available on the menu. It included a gorgeous Creme Brulee (my all time favourite pud) with home-made biscuits, Belgian Chocolate Brownie, Eton Mess, Milk Toffee Tart, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Creme Brulee did not disappoint, it had an amazing crunchy top with a silky creamy brulee. The biscuits were nice too, they were similar to a short bread.

The Eton mess was lovely with its fresh blueberries and Strawberries. It was really light.

The Brownie was very rich and tasty, i don't think i could have eaten anymore that the taster we had, however Ben said he could have, it was his favourite on the platter.

You could really taste the fresh vanilla in the ice cream, it was really refreshing to a have this on the platter.

The Milk Toffee Tart - I couldn't decide if i liked it or not. It was very rich and i found it a bit sickly.

Beth had the children's Belgian Chocolate Brownie and vanilla ice cream from the children's menu. She loved it, its her favourite dessert where ever we go, the brownie was served warm and gooey.

The menu had a lot to offer including pub classics like Fish & Chips, Pie & Mash and Hunters Chicken. But they also serve Homemade Lobster Fish Cakes, Seafood Risotto, Roasted Rack of Lamb and various other less traditional dishes. They also serve bar food if you were just looking for a drink with a small snack. We found the prices to be really reasonable considering the beautiful location the pub is set in, and the quality of the food we ate. For the three of us our bill came to £63.15 including a drink each. 

The service we received from Rebecca was second to none, she always made sure we had everything we needed, including extra sauces, and came to make sure everything was okay with our meals. We didn't have to wait long for our food to be bought out either.

We will definitely be returning to The Drum Inn, but next time for the Sunday Roast and it sounds divine.

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Disclaimer: We were invited to The Drum Inn for the purpose of the review, and received a voucher towards part of the meal, however all opinions are my own.

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