Better the Devil you know…

By Emily Robinson

In Cheshire we are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out! We have a range of eating establishments all vying for our attention, with fantastic food and delightful drinks. That said I believe sometimes you can’t beat the devil you know!

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The Dysart Arms, Bunbury

As a haven for any foodie The Dysart Arms used to be heaving most, if not every weekend with eager customers! Set in the picturesque village of Bunbury and recently a TV star (The doctors surgery/house) in the superb ITV War time drama ‘Home Fires’, The Dysart Arms is having somewhat of a resurgence nowadays! Keen to see if The Dysart Arms still cut the mustard we called in for Sunday Lunch after a long walk with our two dogs – CeCe a Bischon Frise and MiMi a Llhas Apso x. Entering into the bar I couldn’t help but smile, as I could tell The Dysart had not lost its charm. Quirky, cosy and friendly, the décor remains the same – shelves of books lining many a wall with old style pictures lining the rest, mish-mash furniture creating a talking point (think throne-esque chairs and dark wood chunky tables) and the quaintest little ink pots cradling one pretty rose bud. It was everything I wanted on a Sunday afternoon as to me it felt like home!

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The perfect place to spend a few hours

Having ordered a drink at the well stocked bar – Gin lovers will appreciate Sipsmith’s, Portobello Road, Hendricks and hopefully Tanqueray. Cider drinkers – Old Moat Cider is on offer and if you haven’t already tried it, it really is a must! Beer lovers – Old proper pumps are the order of the day here with a fine selection on offer. We hadn’t booked a table but this didn’t seem to matter and we were shown to a lovely little table and given two menu’s and offered a jug of water. We arrived at around 12:30pm and the pub was relatively quiet, which for us was lovely as we could have a decent conversation. As it was a Sunday I was keen to take advantage of a lovely roast cooked for me, which I had plenty to choose from; Roast beef, Knuckle of lamb or a selection of beef slices and pork! The menu also offered a range of other meals such as salads, sausage and mash and fish dishes. The Dysart Arms also features a bevvy of starters from £4.95 or sharing options, however we went straight for the main courses and ordered two Roast Beefs with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables.

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Truly scrumptious!

Within hardly any time two piping hot plates full of medium rare slices of roast beef topped spring greens, carrots and roast potatoes, whilst being accompanied by a big crispy Yorkshire Pudding and lashings of gravy (and extra on the side)! On the plates arrivals we were asked if we would like any sauces, to which I tried the Tracklemans Dijon mustard ( a great a compliment and British made)! I can honestly say the beef melted in our mouths and everything was cooked perfectly with a little selection of veg on our plates, the gravy had an excellent beef flavour and was lovely and thick. Our plates didn’t stay full for long and although I know it’s a cliché I definitely could have ate it again!

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The service was so spot on that there was no time for a browse of these!

The lovely waiting on staff quickly came and cleared our table and offered us the dessert menu, which had a fantastic range of puddings for most sweet tooth’! I had originally (I always look at the puddings if they’re on the menu) spotted the Chocolate Brownie with pistachio’s and Cointreau ice cream, however the Crème Brule with a shortbread biscuit and the Belgian Waffle with Honeycomb Ice Cream were also in the running. However the brownie caught my heart or should that be tastebuds and it did not disappoint! A rich, yet just on the baked side brownie was dotted with pistachio’s and topped with crystalized Orange peel, which created a crunchy and citrusy bite that accompanied the chocolate perfectly. On the side a creamy scoop of Orange Cointreau ice cream beautifully the finished the dish and for me created a Foodie memory that will last forever! Andy my dining partner in crime, plumbed for the Belgian Waffle with butterscotch sauce and honeycomb ice-cream, which looked seriously good! Andy commented that the sauce was one of the best he’d had as the pudding was polished off in no time!

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Perfection on a plate!

Full and content we skipped coffee and paid the bill with myself still mesmerized by all the beautiful décor. Looking around, the pub was definitely filling up, with only a couple of tables spare to which the lovely man behind the bar commented that his busiest time was just about to hit at half 2! For two main courses of Roast Beef, two lovely puddings, a gin and tonic and a cider our bill came to £48.70. Of course if we’d had more drinks the bill would have come out higher but for delicious food and lovely cosy surroundings I felt like it was good value.

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Queen for a day?

The Dysart Arms welcomes dogs in the bar area with a bowl of water ready and waiting at the entrance and a dog biscuit given to each canine visitor. There is also a large beer garden complete with picnic benches and tables and chairs with views of picturesque cottages and St Boniface’s Church. In the beer garden you will also find a brilliantly restored old Ferguson tractor complete with ‘Percy’ reg plate.

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Nice to meet you Percy!

We found all the staff incredibly friendly, informative and accommodating, whilst also very attentive to our table clearing glasses and plates and offering us drinks and food. Whilst I say this, we also weren’t bothered a lot, which was lovely as we could have a proper chat and enjoy our food – something I definitely enjoy. The Dysart is a lovely relaxing pub that has a lovely quirky oldy worldy feel to it, set in a lovely village there are also lots of walks around the local area so you can either work up an appetite or burn off the calories. The Dysart actually has a link to their own walk which can be found here, we did this one with the dogs and it is lovely!

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Alfresco dining in a beautiful setting

The Dysart is a true Cheshire gem and is certainly worth a visit! They are open from 11:30am – 11pm with food being served at 12:30pm – 9:30pm. You can book via their website or have a look at their menu, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! Please do let us know if you go and what you thought!

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Cosy Sundays

*This post is completely independent and The Dysart Arms did not know we were coming. We paid for the meal ourselves and the views above are all my own.*

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