Back in the U.K. and the first stop after Paris was the Feathered Nest at Nether Westcote. I’m lucky enough to live on the edge of the Cotswolds, which is truly a beautiful area with fantastic scenery and many foodie pubs. This was my first visit to the Feathered Nest and straight away I could tell it was right up my street with lovely stone and horse saddle bar stools.
An amuse-bouche to start. The kitchen here is headed up by Kuba Winkowski a Chef who has recently been nominated to compete for the national chef of the year award in October - so we were expecting big things!
Guinea fowl, foie gras, shiitake and pickles was the description on the menu, which got me really excited. However, when a terrine came out I was somewhat disheartened because how many overly dry and dense terrine’s have we all consumed in our life - too many for me!! Nevertheless, the foie gras throughout this terrine really brought it to life by making it delightfully rich and creamy. Impressive it was!
Iberico pork with apple, potato, cabbage and some ‘illusive’ girolles. This dish had a £15 supplement, which I thought was a slight joke considering the three course menu was already £48 - we’re not in London, but a country pub in the Cotswolds! Also, the girolles were highly illusive as I couldn’t find them anywhere. Sadly this dish really lacked finesse and the pork cheek was dry and had an overly tangy molasses flavour for me. Mother hen was also highly dissatisfied with this dish.
A perfectly risen and well tasting passion fruit soufflé. This soufflé was served with coconut and a amarula ice cream. Thankfully the meal ended on a high. Would I recommend this place? Yes, but I’d be more confident to after a second visit to see if they offer any hot starters - that always bugs me. Price? Expensive except with drink to be hitting £80/90 a head. 7/10
The meal concluded with an extremely cold and somewhat frozen chocolate egg. 👎🏻
Text and photographs by The Undercover Food Critic, 19th July, 2018. More Information: @the_undercover_food_critic