20 April 2016

Restaurant Review: The Shears Inn, Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire

The Shears Inn Collingbourne Ducis, restaurant review, food bloggers, UK food blog, FashionFake blog

A few weeks ago, Liam suggested we go and check out a pub in the quaint village of Collingbourne Ducis which isn't too far away from where we live. He saw it on his way back from work one night - The Shears Inn, which looked impressive and so cosy settled on a quiet street was welcoming, and we really needed to get out of the house. So on a Sunday evening, we checked out the menu online and were really looking forward to heading out - and we weren't disappointed.

The Shears Inn is a beautiful, old country pub with delicious grub, a fireplace and lovely staff - everything that you would want for a nice, chilled out evening out. We ordered a glass of wine and a beer, and got stuck in to choosing what to have for dinner.

The Shears Inn Collingbourne Ducis, restaurant review, food bloggers, UK food blog, FashionFake blog
The Shears Inn Collingbourne Ducis, restaurant review, food bloggers, UK food blog, FashionFake blog
The Shears Inn Collingbourne Ducis, restaurant review, food bloggers, UK food blog, FashionFake blog

For starters, Liam had the baked camembert infused with garlic and truffle oil, and warm crusty bread; and I went for the snails in garlic sauce with bread - oh my YUM. I love snails, when cooked properly they're so delicious - and the sauce is perfect for dipping your bread in. I first had snails when we lived in Denmark and after watching It Takes Two (I was like 6 or 7 at the time) where one of the Olsen twins eats snails and says they taste like balloons, I really needed to try one. My mum went out and bought some snails to cook at home - ever since then I've been a huge fan!
The baked camembert was a bowl of melted garlicky perfection - we both tucked in and couldn't get enough! I forgot how much I love baked camembert - it was so nice with a warm crusty baguette and a bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar... We didn't wait very long for our food - it was a nice amount of time to sit and chat for a while, sip our drinks and enjoy the burning logs on the fire.

The Shears Inn Collingbourne Ducis, restaurant review, food bloggers, UK food blog, FashionFake blog
The Shears Inn Collingbourne Ducis, restaurant review, food bloggers, UK food blog, FashionFake blog
The Shears Inn Collingbourne Ducis, restaurant review, food bloggers, UK food blog, FashionFake blog

Our mains came out shortly after the starters left our table - Liam ordered confit of duck (his favourite by the looks of it as he always goes for this item when we try out new restaurants) and I had (drumroll....) the cheeseburger with hand cut chips. I always judge an eatery by their burgers - I have mine cooked medium/rare and if a restaurant can produce a medium burger then I suddenly trust their standards of food. Also, it's a skill to cook a perfect medium burger! The chef at The Shears nailed it! My burger was perfect - deliciously crisp on the outside, and nice and pink in the middle... The coleslaw on the side was delicious and fresh, and my chips were yummy. I really couldn't fault this meal - I enjoyed every bit of it, even though there was a lot so I did leave some chips and onion rings to fully stuff my belly with slaw and burger.
Liam really enjoyed the duck - I had a little taste and it was delicious. Perfect combination of aromatic duck meat, herbs, and vegetables balanced the whole meal - he cleared his plate.

We really enjoyed the food at The Shears and will be coming back there once Liam is back from his work trip - to try out more things on the menu, although I cannot promise that I won't go back to my delicious snails!
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