Heading to the Buckinghamshire countryside for a spot of Sunday lunching
Beachampton is a village just outside Milton Keynes. Heard of it? I feel bad for not knowing anything about it. It’s small. In the Deanshanger area, kinda on the way to Buckingham, but feels off the beaten track. Not a place that I’ve passed through, even though I spent a lot of my life in that area. My secondary school was in Deanshanger.
Anyways, the village is there and it has a pub on the main road called The Bell Inn. Mr LouBou and I were invited over there to sample their menu, so belts slackened off we went.
We was greeted by the landlord, Bups. We couldn’t have had a warmer welcome from him.
It’s a classic village pub so don’t expect a huge cocktail menu. It’s fuss free. Spirits are plentiful though (above).
Dark rum for me. Nom.
To start I ordered the Crayfish & Smoked Salmon Cocktail.
It was a very generous portion of crayfish and salmon, dressed in a Bloody Mary sauce and served with two hunks of toasted rustic bread.
Only thing I could have wished for is the bread to have come with a big pot of butter for me to slather on myself. I am a butter fiend and it’s the best part of eating bread for me.
Mr LouBou ordered the King Prawns starter.
These prawns, the sauce and everything about this dish was tasty, tasty, tasty. Such a good starter which served a real kick to the tastebuds.
It was Sunday and the traditionalist in me couldn’t deny the Lamb Roast.
Soft melt in the mouth lamb in delicious gravy. Served plentifully and on top of a good amount of potatoes.
Mr LouBou went for his form of traditional and had the 8oz Sirloin Steak.
Can you tell how crisp those onion rings are? They were morealicous. I could’ve eaten a bowlful.
We was both filled to the brim after our starters and mains. I’ve got to say again. Portion size is generous and you won’t leave from The Bell Inn hungry.
But filled to the brim or not, how can I leave somewhere without trying pudding?
Mr LouBou and I ordered the Crème brûlée to share. It came with two really good shortbread biscuits. The crème brûlée itself had a cracking top which felt satisfying to smash with the spoon. Worries of fitting pudding in our stomachs weren’t an issue. We raced each other to finish it.
Then it was time to waddle out the door and do the short drive back home to Milton Keynes.
I would visit The Bell at Beachampton again no problem. Nice village setting, lovely service and good food. Thanks Bups and your team at The Bell, it was great.
Date of visit: 22.07.2018
The Bell Inn