Last week I had the pleasure of going for dinner at The Pickled Radish in Laleston with my bestie. She hasn’t lived in the area too long (compared to my 6 years), but she well and truly put me to shame with her local restaurant knowledge. She suggested The Pickled Radish and me being none the wiser that it was 5 minutes down the road, I was very eager to scope out another local restaurant.
Independent restaurants are my favourite place to eat. I find their food tastes so much better, their menus are so much more creative and I love to support small/local businesses. I also think the restaurants have a much more enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere and a lot more character. Character is definitely something The Pickled Radish has, being in the grade II listed building – Laleston Inn. It has a rustic, country feel that blends so well into the local surroundings of the little village.
The meals were made fresh with locally sourced produce that tasted incredible. I decided to go for something completely different from my normal choices and chose the gourmet burger. It was a minced smoked brisket and chuck beef burger topped with maple cured bacon, Applewood cheddar, crispy lettuce, tomato and chef’s ketchup, served with fries and onion rings (I was also able to adjust the order to exactly what I wanted).
Sian’s meal also looked lovely. She chose the malt crumb glazed chicken with smoked mash potato, almond and cauliflower puree, puy lentils and chicken sauce. Sian also chose the chef’s homemade honeycomb ice cream sundae topped with meringue, raspberries, biscuit and chocolate sauce for dessert.
The menu had a lovely selection of dishes, all with something a little different to your average meal. Again, something I love about independent restaurants. On top of an already fantastic menu they were also able to cater for a gluten free diet. There are offers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights – something I plan to take full of advantage of in the near future and they also offer afternoon tea too.
I would thoroughly recommend The Pickled Radish if you live locally or if you are in the area. Beautiful food, relaxed atmosphere and quaint surroundings – what more could you ask for?!
What’s your favourite local restaurant? I’d love to hear your recommendations, so please leave me a comment below!