Corfe Castle isn't just about a castle
Dinner at The Greyhound - Corfe Castle
The Greyhound Inn is a charming 16th century coaching inn set in the village square with the ruins of the castle as its backdrop, allegedly it is the most photographed pub in England.
Last week some of the Bournemouth Bloggers were invited along by the restaurant to review the food on their Autumn menu, it was pretty dark on arrival so I've added a summer photo so you can see just how pretty it is in the daylight.
Thankfully the chain ferry is now working so I opted for that route to the restaurant, as with many traditional villages parking in Corfe is at a premium and if you get a chance to park outside The Greyhound jump at it and consider yourself very lucky.
On arrival I was warmly greeted by staff and shown to the table where the other bloggers - Emma, Amy and Molly were already enjoying a bottle of wine. This low ceilinged pub with oak and stone floors has a very different vibe in the winter, fireplace roaring and cosy nooks, you can really feel the history, bring on the comfort food.
Having chosen liver and bacon for my main course, I couldn't decide on the starter so opted to share with Molly - we ordered Moroccan Lamb Koftas and Tempura Prawns.
The tempura prawns were deliciously crispy with just the right amount of lemon and dipping sauce, the Lamb Koftas, however, I couldn't eat as they were very hard, staff were very apologetic but I didn't want a replacement dish.
The liver and bacon main course was just as I like it, plenty of onion gravy, creamy mash and vegetables. I'm not sure about the addition of flowers on traditional pub food such as pie and mash and liver and bacon, it doesn't add anything to the dish, but maybe that's just me.
Although I probably should of stopped there because I was nicely full, I went on to have a dessert of baked pear and almond bakewell tart but swapped the vanilla ice cream for coconut ice-cream. It wasn't quite what I was expecting more of a bakewell slice than a tart but tasty, never the less.
The Purbeck Hills are breathtaking and naturally a popular choice with holiday makers, photographers and hikers, if you are staying nearby it's worth noting that The Greyhound is dog friendly, offers a takeaway pizza service and if you like tribute bands, some cracking evening entertainment.
Our meal was complimentary but all opinions in this review are my own.
The Greyhound Inn