Bumpkins – London

This s a trip I made a couple of months ago to Bumpkins where the chef was kind enough to give me a quick interview for Kennet Radio as well.  As it was all a bit spur of the moment the photos aren’t great but you get an idea of their food which is pretty good. I was able to have oysters, oh yes, and a really interesting scallop dish with cauliflower beignets followed by ox cheek and a smoky mash. Please be warned that this post is written some time after the event so I may not be describing everything perfectly but have learned my lesson about taking notes!!

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Oysters, my prestarter starter.

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My lovely brother Toby who normally lives in China and we meet in Hong Kong where he takes me to amazing eateries.

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A very blurry picture of my lovely little sister, Beth, and her husband, Murray.

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Goats cheese and beetroot salad, lightly grated horseradish, fennel, cox apple, croutons and a beetroot dressing

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Pan fried west coast scallops served with bacon tomato jam, cauliflower fritters and sea vegetables This was so delicious and the cauliflower was unusual but gave a good crunchy texture to go with the sweet meaty scallops

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Asparagus, seasonal, simple and delicious

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One view of skate wing with caper sauce

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I wish I could remember – this is where I learnt the importance of taking notes. However it could well be the pan fired fillet of sea bass with chargrilled garden vegetables with a light tomato sauce

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skate wing with caper sauce again

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Braised Scottish ox cheek with smoked mash, oxtail bone marrow, sliced ox tongue and a fantastically deep rich sauce. This was real comfort food, it had umami and a wonderful depth of flavour. The sort of food that you may not be able to eat all of it and then regret that a couple of hours later. Indeed a plate licker, luckily the restaurant is far enough away that they probably won’t recognise me next time I go back. Which I will. Highly recommended. Good specials board, lots of seasonal produce, well worth a visit.

 

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