Last week I got in the car with Molly from Mollyy Rees, a fellow Bournemouth Blogger, and we made the drive over to the village of Corfe Castle (yes, the village is called Corfe Castle, it’s actually the castle at Corfe Castle!) for dinner at The Greyhound Inn.
I had actually been to the venue a couple of times over the summer with Ed and loved the pizza and burger I had eaten there, so I was intrigued to see how their autumn seasonal menu compared.
We anticipated a longer drive and arrived early, along with Amy from Everything Mummy, but were seated and offered the wine list to choose from whilst we waited for Rachael from The 15 Mile Foodie. We agreed upon a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand (the best wine, in my opinion) and, once Rachael had joined us, we were presented with ciabatta bread, butters and oils whilst we had a look over the menu and specials board.
I decided to go for the soup of the day as I had been a bit run down with a cold and needed a good warming starter. I was not disappointed and found the portion more than generous, when paired with some fresh bread. It was so tasty but I decided to leave some room for my main and the dessert that I’d had my eye on.
I had the pie of the day with mash and seasonal vegetables including carrots and parsnips and I felt stuffed within a few bites, which was frustrating as the pie was actually really yummy, with the perfect texture of pastry. The mash was overly creamy and, although not brilliant for photos, tasted lovely, rich and creamy. I was also a fan of the vegetables, especially the parsnips – it was a proper winter warmer dish.
During the meal the conversation flowed easily. Although we see each other at events with the network, it was lovely to have a proper catch up with the other bloggers as we are so often up and about taking photos and getting Instagram stories, it was nice to all sit in on place and have a girly chat over our meal and glasses of wine.
The atmopshere in the restaurant was nice and cosy, and the staff were quick to check if we needed anything else and to ask if everything was ok with our meal. We were given a few minutes in between our main and dessert, which was good as I was feeling seriously full by this point.
For dessert I had the vegan chocolate brownie, but I swapped the coconut ice cream for a salted caramel instead. Although I am not vegan, the brownie tasted just as good as it usually would, and I think it’s great that venues are good with alternative diets and dietary requirements these days. My sister has Coeliac Disease and I remember things being really awkward for her when we would eat out years ago, now things have become easier.
I had a really nice time at The Greyhound Inn with some of the other Bournemouth Bloggers. I think I still prefer the pizza to the pie, but I will definitely be making a beeline for the vegan chocolate brownie next time we are visiting. Corfe Castle is only around 35-40 minutes away from Bournemouth, making it a lovely alternative for a meal out if you are looking for a change of scenery, or are visiting the area and wanting a country pub with atmosphere and good food.
My top tip would be to visit during the day as the view from the back garden of the castle is stunning and makes a brilliant backdrop for photos.
We were gifted our meal, however all words and images are my own.