*Our meal at The Bolney Stage stage was complimentary in return for an 100% honest review. This in no way affects my review, and I am under no obligation to give a positive review*
Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well!
It has been a WHILE since I did a food review; in fact, the food reviewing I’m posting, I went a while ago and then did my typical thing of getting caught up in life and never posting the review. HOWEVER, I need to sort myself out and continue doing what I decided to do 6 years ago; blog! So I’m back, I’m writing, and you can expect a lot more from me. I actually promise this time!
So, I visited The Bolney Stage, situated in the village of Bolney just outside of Haywards Heath. I’d only ever been here once before for a drink with a boy I was seeing last year, so I was keen to rectify the bad memories of having visited with someone I have a feeling strongly disliked me as a person even then.
It is a lovely pub aesthetically, and the gardens out the back are huge and so nice (great use of descriptive words there, my English teacher would have be screaming at their computer right now), and I can imagine that in the Summer it gets packed because it’s so spacious so people probably flock there; it was pretty busy for a sunny day too when the weather wasn’t that warm.
The Bolney Stage Sunday Roast Menu
Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Rosemary Gravy
Mixed Roast Beef and Roast Pork with All The Trimmings
Rare Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding
Rost Loin of Pork with Sage and Onion Stuffing and Apple Sauce
Stilton, Caramelised Red Onion and Potato Pie
I went for the Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Rosemary Gravy:
Now, first off, as soon as it was brought over I said to my boyfriend ”This is the first Sunday Roast I’ve had in as long as I can remember where I haven’t had to ask for extra gravy” – literally, the perfect amount of gravy. I know that sounds ridiculous, but anywhere I go there seems to be a serious gravy drought, and it immediately gets my back up because I am a gravy fiend. Okay, I’ve said the word gravy so many times now it’s lost all meaning.
The lamb shoulder was unreal – I am a big lamb fan, and this was perfection, it quite literally fell off the bone. I cut it, and just the bone was left. So tender, so flavoursome.
The veg was lovely – braised red cabbage (hidden under my Yorkshire – Yorkshire’s don’t come with the roast aside from the Rare Roast Beef so need to be ordered as extra, but they’ll ask you anyway) is one of my favourite things to find on a Roast. I also find Roasts nowadays severely lacking in some good old fashioned swede, but lo and behold, this pub that seemed to have ticked all of my weird boxes so far, had ticked yet another, and brought out the swede.
The Yorkshire was big and fluffy inside, and the potatoes were crisped to perfection.
Obviously, a side of Cauliflower Cheese had to be ordered:
I cannot have a roast without Cauliflower Cheese, and this did not disappoint. My stomach is crumbling looking at the picture. A lot of cheese sauce, a crispy top, chunky bits of cauliflower…oh my God wow.
My boyfriend had the Roast Loin of Pork with Sage and Onion Stuffing and Apple Sauce:
Obviously I didn’t have it so can’t comment too much, but he said it was unbelievable and that the crackling on the pork was some of the best they’ve ever had. And that stuffing…wow, my mouth is watering looking at it.
All in all, I loved The Bolney Stage for a roast; great service, nice drinks, a really lovely venue, and the food was brilliant. Perfect portion sizes, we didn’t have to wait too long at all, and we sat outside afterwards for a drink in the sun which rounded the whole thing off really well.
All my love BGP xx