20 June 2016
Restaurant Review: The Three Cups, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Settled in the heart of Hampshire, right next to the River Test and on the high street of Stockbridge, sits The Three Cups Inn - a quaint, warming traditional pub with a lit fire to keep cold winter nights warm, and a green garden by the river to enjoy warm summer evenings.
The Three Cups has been our 'local' for years - and by local I mean the pub and restaurant of choice. Perfect for catch up drinks with friends, as well as date nights, The Three Cups has plenty of ales, ciders, sparkling wines and a menu of local produce.
Our most recent trip was (admittedly) a little while ago for our engagement dinner with a couple of our close friends. The menu at The Three Cups changes quite often, due to seasonal produce and availability - I previously reviewed The Three Cups about a year ago (read the post here), and this time we got to taste some more hearty food. The charcuterie selection with pickles was good - although I wouldn't rate it the best I have had. The charcuterie felt very average - just like a board that we usually make for Friday night cheese, charcuterie and wine night. What I did really enjoy were the eggs Florentine that Liam had - now this was a tasty bite!
Something that I did notice which was missing was the homemade bread - one of my favourite things about The Three Cups used to be their delicious, homemade bread which was served with butter and dipping oils. The bread would arrive at our table minutes after we ordered to keep us occupied prior to the main meal coming. That alone got a 10/10! This time, we had to order bread which was just not the same as before - I was thoroughly disappointed.
The Three Cups burger is delicious and always a good choice (take that as a tip if you're visiting!) - you can never go wrong with a good ol' burger in a bun with chunky, fluffy chips. During this evening, I decided to give up the burger for a night and switch to Catch of the Day (which on the night, as I recall, was brill) with sea vegetables and fries. Delicious fish, great fries and as far as the sea vegetables? It was samphire - which was delicious and I love samphire, especially with fish. My fiancé had the confit of duck which he really enjoyed (and absolutely demolished on his plate), and my maid of honour had a pheasant and root vegetable stew - which I had a couple of bites from and it was very, very moorish. I would expect in Hampshire any pheasant that is served in a restaurant is caught on their doorstep which is why they always taste so good!
We finished the night with some chocolate fondants and local cheese selection - huge lovers of cheese over here so if I can fit any more food in after 2 courses, it will usually be cheese with a glass of dry red wine. YUM. We really enjoyed the cheese, but a tip for the restaurant is to use more rustic looking biscuits because there was something not quite right about eating delicious cheese with biscuits that resembled Jacobs Crackers selection in a beautiful eatery.
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