The White Lion, Tenterden

On Tuesday 24th April, both myself and my friend Caroline visited the lovely quiet pub The White Lion in Tenterden.

The White Lion is located on Tenterden High Street, nestled in off the road it is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a busy day.

Having worked in Tenterden I was familiar with the pub but had never visited. Well, wasn’t that a big mistake!

The White Lion- a hotel

Not only is The White Lion a pub, it is also a lovely boutique hotel hosting 15 rooms. 

Perfect for a wedding hotel, it is located in the heart of some of the most beautiful Kentish countryside. With rooms available in all sizes, it is perfect for a couple looking a relaxing night away to a family using it as a pitstop on their travels.

 

The Pub

I am all about the food, anywhere I go I am always on the search for good food, and here I was not disappointed.

The menu is great, so much to choose from, but not overwhelming. Moving into the warmer spring months I always look for a restaurant that keeps up to date with the seasons. I love the taste and textures of spring menus. The lightness of the fresh salads and the tastes of delicious vegetables there is not much I won’t sample.

 

Dinner

When I dined here last week I had a rough idea of what I was going to order, however once arrived and seated this all changed.

The starter

To begin with, we shared a platter of warm sourdough with hummus as we looked over the menu.

Sourdough
Warm Sourdough with Hummus

Next, I had the Flaked smoked mackerel on charred sourdough and Caroline had the Ham & mustard scotch egg. Both were absolutely delicious, to quote “that was probably the best scotch egg I have ever had”

Scotch egg
Ham & mustard scotch egg

The mackerel was lovely, not too fishy and the ratio of creme fraiche to mackerel was spot on. This dish is perfect for a starter or a light lunch.

Smoked Mackerel
Smoked Mackerel on Charred Sourdough

The main

After we finished our starters we began to wonder if we had enough room for our mains. But fear not, that feeling soon went when the mains were presented to us.

As part of the new spring menu, The White Lion has carefully selected a number of spring vegetables and spices.

For my main, I choose the Char-grilled aubergine with marinated tomato, olive couscous, hummus and dukkha spice. The flavours in this dish are amazing, they work so well together. The couscous was delicious, something different it was the perfect accompaniment to the aubergine.

Aubergine
Charred Aubergine with couscous and hummus

Caroline ordered the fillet steak, Medium-rare with a side of creamed spinach and chunky chips.

Fillet Steak
Fillet Steak with chunky chips

The steak was cooked perfectly, the chips were crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle. And the creamed spinach… this completed the meal

Spinach and Sweet Potato Fries
Creamed Spinach and Sweet Potato Fries

Now for my favourite part of any meal

The dessert

I have always had a sweet tooth, and when I dine out I normally make my meal decision based on the dessert options.

The White Lion has a lovely selection of desserts, from season favourites such as Buttermilk pannacotta with raspberry sorbet to the firm classic Warm sticky toffee pudding, with clotted cream.

But the dessert that caught my eye was the Giant profiterole filled with honeycomb and salted caramel covered chocolate sauce.

Giant profiterole
Giant profiterole, honeycomb, salted caramel, chocolate sauce

Caroline opted for the Chocolate brownie with chocolate mousse and vanilla pod ice cream.

Chocolate Brownie
Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate mousse and Ice cream

Both desserts where super indulgent, but so good. Perfect to share over a coffee or to keep for yourself you will not be disappointed.

 

The verdict

I can honestly say this had been one of the nicest pub dinners I have had in a long time. I can not wait to go back for more, perhaps after a nice long dog walk, or an evening out with friends. The White Lion has so much to offer, I would be surprised if you couldn’t find a dish on their menu to please everyone.

Thank you to The White Lion for hosting us for the evening, I will definitely be back for more.

 

Ashleigh x

 

 

*This was a hosted night, all photos and comments are my own*

 

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