30 May 2014

Restaurant Review: The Hawk Inn, Amport, Hampshire

Being a good food lover I am always on the lookout for restaurants in Hampshire, which is local to me, and I have stumbled upon some absolute gems in the past couple of years. Today I want to share with you a good food restaurant in a small Hampshire village of Amport: The Hawk Inn. The Hawk Inn Amport serves delicious dishes with a twist like their Roasted Red Pepper Gazpacho with Lime Crab Mayonnaise, in an upmarket country pub setting – with the opportunity to stay there whilst you’re visiting good ol’ ‘ampshire!

A quick tip before we go into the review: book a table. Definitely book a table in advance if you are planning to eat at the weekend especially, otherwise you will be incredibly lucky to grab one. Or maybe we’ve just gone there at unusually busy times, but we’ve always struggled to get a table without booking. I have to admit I’ve never stayed overnight at the Hawk Inn so you’ll have to explore the rooms yourself and let me know what they’re like.

This Hampshire restaurant is ideal for a nice, romantic dinner or a first date for some drinks – it’s welcoming and cosy, without being pretentious or uncomfortable. Whilst you wait for your table, or your waiter, you can grab a drink at the bar: Sauvignon Blanc or a glass of Prosecco is usually our choice!

This time me and Liam went for seafood for starters: Liam had the Crispy Squid with Smoked Paprika Aioli and I went for the Seared Scallops with Black Pudding and Apple Syrup. We always tend to taste or share each other’s food and I have to admit the squid was delicious! It was full of flavour and crunch from the batter, and the aioli brought a taste of summer into the dish. My scallops were cooked to perfection – soft and “melt-in-the-mouth” texture; the black pudding wasn’t overpowering and the slight hint of apple syrup brought a slight tanginess to the dish.

For the main we chose to both go for the Confit Duck Leg with Pak Choi, Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms with Honey, Lime and Sesame Dressing. I love Asian inspirations in dishes and pak choi is a serious love of mine – any given opportunity I will shove pak choi into dishes. I just love the texture and the taste of it! I’m also a huge fan of mushrooms, and duck, so this was set to be a hit. I absolutely loved the dish, I thought the duck was cooked well and the pak choi and shiitake were delicious – if I had to criticise this meal there would be only one change I would make to all of this and it would be less of the honey. Liam loved the dish as it was, but I thought for my taste buds it could have been more savoury.

For dessert we just had to have the ice cream, mainly because I clocked salted caramel amongst the flavours, as well as stem ginger. I like having sorbet or ice cream for dessert because it’s usually not too heavy and quite refreshing – especially a zesty flavour like ginger. Our desserts were delicious and just right portion wise.

The Hawk Inn is one of my favourite places at the moment because of the food and the atmosphere. With an outdoor seating area you can enjoy a light lunch and some ice colds drinks in a quiet Hampshire setting, or have a lovely dinner followed by a couple of wines on a warm summer evening. I’ll definitely be returning to The Hawk and trying more of their delicious dishes!

You can visit The Hawk Inn website here


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