It is not often that Ed and I find the time to head out for dinner with friends. Not only do we have young children, but a fair amount of our friends do as well, so finding a time when everyone is available is tricky. Running the Bournemouth Bloggers network has introduced me to many new friends over the past couple of years, and it was lovely to attend a restaurant review visit at The Old Thatch in Wimborne earlier this week with two other bloggers and their plus ones.
Ed and I arrived to find the others already seated at a lovely round table in a corner of the restaurant. Everybody was already laughing thanks to Katie, from My Best Make, who it turns out is a bit of an over-sharer in group situations. Rachael from The 15 Mile Foodie had brought along her husband, who Ed and I had met during another restaurant visit, so it was nice to see them again.
We had a look at the menu and were greeted by Nick, who runs the venue, and offered a drink. I went for my all time favourite, a nice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc, whilst Ed went for one of the IPAs on offer.
There was lots to choose from with a main menu, specials and an additional Steak selection as it was the Blackrock Grill night. This gives you the option to cook your meat yourself, just as you like it, at the table on a volcanic rock – such a cool idea! Katie’s sister went for this, so we had the chance to see how it was done.
For our starters, I had the Pan-fried Halloumi, which was served with a delicious chutney and some sourdough crostini and salad. It was really tasty. Ed had the Lamb Kofta Kebab, which also looked nice but was quite filling he said. The Pork Belly from the specials menu also looked really good, there was definitely something to suit every taste.
We did have quite a long wait in between our starters and main course. We had been warned that there were quite a few big tables in that evening, and it didn’t bother us that much as the conversation was flowing. I was glad when the food did arrive though, as I was hungry again by this point and ready to enjoy my main of Hunters Chicken, which came with roasted carrots and parsnips and was generously sized with a large portion of chips. I found the chips a little bland, and should have asked for a sauce to accompany them, but the meat was lovely. Ed had a steak, which he really enjoyed.
I had made sure I left a little room for dessert and enjoyed the vanilla cheesecake, whilst Ed had the Sticky Toffee pudding. By the end of the meal we were all pretty stuffed and I was ready for my bed!
I had a really nice evening, and it was lovely to get to know Rachael and Katie a little better. The Old Thatch would be the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends or family.
It is located near to both Bournemouth and Poole, and has character and charm you would expect from a building with history. Nick was welcoming, and his team quick to rectify issues we had on the night. I know we will be back.
This was a complimentary review visit, however all words and images are my own.