Bumpkin: A Taste Of Seasonal Britain
Here at FashionBite we love good old British grub, from the humble chicken pie to Friday night fish and chips. When we heard Bumpkin, a restaurant chain offering ‘a taste of seasonal Britain’, had opened in Stratford we just had to book a table.
Drawing on our great country’s traditional (greedy) eating habits, Bumpkin offers dishes appropriate for Elevensies and Afternoon Tea alongside the usual Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert menus. It seems in Blighty we prefer to eat around the clock – and we’re certainly not complaining. “For city folk who like a little country living”, Bumpkin aims to bring a taste of home to the big city, with an eclectic menu offering Sunday roasts, pies, tarts and ‘seashore specialities’. So far, so good.
We chose an Artisan Bread Plait, Smoked Mackerel Pate and a Sage & Onion Sausage Roll to start, indulging our love of gratuitous carb consumption immediately. Though the food was good, we were disappointed to find it had already cost us almost £15, which seemed a lot for the rather small portions served.
Next up was the Kedgeree Smoked Salmon Fishcake for me and Cod With A Welsh Rarebit Crust for my friend – both delicious, but again a small amount on the plate in the fishcake’s case. Waiting for the mains to arrive, we had a look around the restaurant and decided we loved the decor – bright and airy, the Stratford branch of this chain restaurant is spacious and welcoming with plenty of natural light and spoons, watering cans and baskets hanging from the ceiling.
Perusing the puddings and cheese menu, we chose a Lemon meringue pie with lemon drizzle cake, rhubarb dipping “sticks” and lemon curd to share, coming in at a reasonable £5.95. Sharp and tangy, the addition of the rhubarb dipping sticks was an excellent idea – this was something I’d definitely order again.
Bumpkin is a clean, comfortable place to grab a bite to eat with friends or family, with a crowd-pleasing menu and quick service. As for its rustic charm, it’s undeniably staged, somewhat taking away from the ethos. There is no air of wide-eyed glory about the staff like you’d find at independent establishments buzzing with customers, more bored anticipation of busy evenings, but it’s perfectly pleasant all the same.
Amy @ FashionBite xx