With a beautiful setting tucked over the hills in the Cherry Valley, the Blacksmith’s Arms is a fantastic traditional style pub with a contemporary feel. We dropped in to sample their seasonal food and hospitality.
Owners Simon and Nigel have created a menu that they feel shows off both their love of good food and local ingredients that showcase the area’s rich food heritage. With a calm and serene setting, the pub sit at the centre of the village and is perfect for either a quiet drink in the sunshine, or if you have an appetite, a bit to eat.
With a menu sparkling with choice, it’s a real challenge to know which dishes to go for so tempting is every rich description. Indeed the affable tone adopted in the menus means you are guided towards a choice and even if not, there’s a handy blacksmith’s logo proudly displayed by dishes Simon and Nigel are particularly proud of.
We selected some light starters in the shape of a Nicoise Gem Salad, which was a truly fresh starter. A medley of eggs, olives, tomato, green beans, herb oil and freshly shaved parmesan made for a satisfying and appetising way to begin. As well as this we were presented with a trio of fish, with some succulent salmon arriving flanked by a delicious and homemade fish cake and a prawn cocktail served within a bed of lettuce. This was also a delicate and mouth-watering way to begin the meal, with the fish cake in particular going well with the lemon and chive mayonnaise it was served with.
For the main course, a generous portion of Italian vegetable pasta heaped with sundried tomatoes, pieces of feta cheese, julienne vegetables and olives was finished with more parmesan and black pepper to create an authentic and pesto-tinged tagliatelle.
Along with this, we ordered a Spring chicken, dusted in parmesan and five spice which came with fresh potatoes, spinach, cherry tomatoes and green beans. Drizzled with a pesto and sundried tomato oil, it was an aromatic and slightly Eastern-inspired dish which not only showed off the local produce the restaurant uses, but also hints of oriental influence creeping in.
To finish, we selected a subtle and creamy raspberry and mango cheesecake and a cherry chocolate tower, which came as thin wafers of rich chocolate mounted on thick cream and drizzled with indulgent cherry reductions that really hit the spot.
If you want a truly satisfying meal in relaxing surroundings that feel slike a true taste of Lincolnshire with a modern twist, you can’t go far wrong with the Blacksmith’s Arms.
To further complement this, a new wine list is on the way, which will no doubt complement the already outstanding food on offer. We can’t wait for a return visit to do a tasting of our own! The Blacksmith’s Arms is at Hillrise, Rothwell, near Market Rasen, LN7 6AZ.
To book a table or to find out more, call 01472 371300 or visit www.blacksmiths-rothwell.co.uk.