Food review: The Bumble Bee
I'M very fond of The Bumble Bee and although there have been times when it lacked the necessary buzz, I'm always willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.
You'd think that being at the edge of an industrial estate on a main dual carriageway would chip away some of the pub's charm, but no.
The building looks every inch the country pub and appears to have been extended over a long time using various methods of construction.
But that's just a clever bit of design-work that is worthy of any set constructed in a film studio, and would bring joy to the hearts of eco-warriors everywhere.
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The Bumble Bee is a modern pub built entirely from reclaimed materials.
The flagstone floors, the exposed brick walls, the rustic fireplaces; all are second-hand.
Even the large beams in the ceiling are actually old railway sleepers. Yet as soon as you walk in, the warm-glow feeling of being in a traditional British pub takes over.
After being welcomed by a young man I took to be the manager, we were seated and our order was swiftly taken by an enthusiastic lady who was very keen to help.
The Bumble Bee offers a wide choice of starters, mains and desserts, as well as keeping a good supply of real ale and very acceptable wines.
Unfortunately, my wife's first choice of main course was not available. Shrugging off the disappointment, she made another selection, lamb shank shepherd's pie, but that was off the menu as well.
Still, third time lucky – the aromatic pork belly (£11.99) with a sticky ginger glaze was, unlike Elvis, in the building.
We tucked in to a selection of warm Mediterranean breads served with English herb oil (£2.25) for starters, which we found very enjoyable.
For mains, the aforementioned pork belly, with its accompanying apple fritter, black pudding and bubble & squeak potato cake, was 'superb'. My beef and Merlot pie was delicious and well worth the price of £9.95.To finish, I had a Belgian chocolate brownie (£4.25) and my delightful companion chose a Toffee Apple Granny (£4.75).
One last hiccup reared its head when we discovered that a mystery third main course – the lamb shank shepherd's pie they didn't have – was included in our bill but all ended well, as a revised bill was swiftly presented with full apologies.
The friendly enthusiastic staff managed to make us overlook these small setbacks and overall, dining at the Bumble Bee was a very pleasant experience.