Friday 11 October 2019

[Gifted visit and meal]

Last week I headed to my local Bill's restaurant to review their new menu for autumn 2019. Full to the brim with delicious delights, the new menu is bursting with flavour, colour and hearty meals for the colder months.

We attended the Terminus Road restaurant in Eastbourne on a cold, blustery and incredibly rainy day – we needed a hearty meal and that's exactly what we got.

Kicking off the night with a mocktail, these stunning new additions to the menu are as delightful as they look. The Blackberry and Lavender Cooler (£4.50) – blackberry and lavender cordial, rhubarb puree and cloudy apple juice finished with sparkling water; and the Shrub It Off (£6.95) – somerset raspberry, blackberry and honey shrub with raspberry syrup and lemonade. Each of the mocktails were delightful, so yummy and the perfect palette refresher before starting a meal.

We then ordered to starters to share. We ordered the brand new Crispy Fried Vegetables (£6.50) which was my favourite dish from the entire night. Beetroot and courgette slices, flourettes of cauliflower and chunks of red onion were lightly battered and combined with a red pepper sauce, with shredded brussel sprout kimchi. The sauce accompanied the vegetables perfectly – an utterly delightful dish and once I cannot wait to try again (I shall definitely be returning for cocktails and roasted vegetables ASAP).

The vegetables were accompanied by the Garlic and Herb bread (£3.25) – the perfect accompaniment. 

Combined, this starter was light yet filling – full of bright colours and the most amazing flavours!

For our main course, we opted for the special of the day – a gorgeous Steak and Rarebit Pie (£13.95). A delicious pie with beer braised steak and a cheddar topping with a crumbly shortcrust pastry.  The pie was accompanied by a delicious gravy and a hearty serving of vegetables – a root veg mash and a handful of curly kale.

This main meal was hearty, filling and flavoursome. If you're after a warming winter meal, this is the meal you're in need of. Nothing beats a bit of comfort food in the colder months, especially when it tastes as good as the Bill's Friday special!

For our desert, we opted for two of the new additions to share – the Spiced Pear and Raspberry Eaton Mess (£6.75) and the Warm Blackberry, Apple and Ginger crumble with custard and ice cream (£6.50).

The Spiced Pear and Raspberry Eaton Mess was absolutely divine. Smooth whipped cream combined with meringue, raspberries and chunks of pear that tasted as though it was soaked in winter spices.

If you want to finish your meal with a hearty and warm pud, then the Warm Blackberry, Apple and Ginger is for you. Warm and rich, this fruity pudding warms the soul. With spices and fruit, a buttery crumble topping and the duo of warm custard and cold ice cream – this meal is truly delicious! 

I ended the evening feeling rather full, so opted for a short cocktail – the Sparkling Blackberry Negroni (£8.50). Warming and spicy, this heady short is the perfect drink to wind down with. It packs a punch and leaves you feeling satisfied and comfortable. With crushed ice, frozen blackberries and a slice of orange, this drink is the ultimate autumn cocktail. 

The Sparkling Blackberry Negroni contains Campari, Martini Rosso, blackberry and a dash of Prossecco. 

The Bill's autumn menu for 2019 is utterly divine. Opulently autumnal, each facet of the autumn menu has depths that tantalise your tastebuds and leave you feeling full, satisfied and comforted in the colder months. 

Colourful vegetables adorn each facet of the menu – nourishing your body and soul. 

I highly recommend Bill's and everything they stand for – fresh food, an abundance of fruit and veg, a great atmosphere and the most innovative yet hearty meals. If you're ever near a Bill's Restaurant, do pop in and have a bite to eat – you won't regret it!

Thank you, Bill's for the most amazing gifted evening and for the delicious autumnal food. 


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