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|Address:||209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA|
|Tel:||020 3589 2129|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £13.95||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11am-11pm (Sat-Sun 10am-)|
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Bumpkin gets so many rave reviews – so i really wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Partner ordered some sort of potato soup for starter whilst i ordered sheep's feet on toast. Before any sheep reading this reclines in horror, they are mushrooms. Rock and roll! He raved about the soup giving it a 10 but my starter wasn't wonderful – it felt overseasoned and tangy, but perhaps i'm just used to creamy Nigella style mushrooms on toast hence a heathen of sorts. For my main, i ordered the famed Charter Pie – in short, chicken, leek and mushroom pie – with sides. Again, nice and warming but not amazing. I would have preferred a nice indulgent pie with a flaky pastry crust rather than the slightly tougher crust this one had. Partner had haddock with some sort of creamy side and enjoyed his but still was salivating over his starter. We were both stuffed so avoided the dessert (cheesecake, fondant etc etc). Overally the bill came to approx £50, 2 courses each plus non alc drinks, so not hugely extortionate…
In short, I felt a bit ‘Emperors New Clothes’ as there has been so many great reviews about the place. I'd say, Bumpkin is somewhere you should try if in the area but i wouldnt go out of my way to visit – its a lovely designed place, homely food, fantastic apple mojitos but i wouldnt say it lives up to the reviews. I did go away thinking that was ok and how can i recreate that apple mojito?…But giving them the benefit of the doubt, perhaps it was me, picking the wrong menu choice that day and it may turn out to be pretty perfect next time.