It maybe an addiction. We cannot resist The Lazy Toad, Brampford Speke (near Exeter – EX5 5DP for your Sat Nav). Is it the welcome, Sam the dog, the calmness despite being Easter Sunday, the ambiance or the food? It is always a mixture of the lot isn’t it?
The anticipation is great after securing a final table – we needed to be there for 12 as the table was booked for 1.45 after us (and to be told that on booking is just common sense, but not commonly done).
We both had starters. Shocking. Mine was home smoked trout – yes they have a smokery on site. It was succulent, almost non-smoky, with mild horseradish (which I am always fearful of having the subtlety overpowered – shouldn’t have worried…), with beetroot and placed on potato salad. Jane had prosciutto with sun-dried tomatoes and lettuce. A simple and light starter with everything feeling fresh and new.
Doesn’t that look scrummy? I do wish you had smellivision – it was sumptuously subtle.
Next – we both had the Roast Lamb – Exmoor Spring Lamb, so very early season. Mo and Clive certainly know their suppliers. Just look at the plate, and weep that you couldn’t be there:
Yes – wilted spinach, roast spuds, and a highly seasoned pesto style sauce, instead of the silly mint sauce vinaigrette overcoming everything else. that’s before we added the vegetables which arrive separately (one of the few times this happens here – usually ‘the plate’ is just that – all the vegetables designed to fit the main ingredient).
We shared a pud – warm pear and Bakewell tart, with vanilla pod custard and a compote of caramel. We shared that – trying not to be too greedy. Just look at it – and remain jealous!