Food review: The Bee at Burnham

The Bee at Burnham

The Bee at Burnham

First published in Freetime latest Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE portions were so big at The Bee at Burnham I couldn't even fit in a pudding. For someone like myself, who has a very sweet tooth and almost always enough space for dessert, this is quite a feat.

But have no fear- just because the portions were big it did not mean the quality was lost and I was impressed with the refurbished venue.

The pub sits next to a busy road and has been redecorated with the same kind of décor at the owner's other pubs.

There is an olde worlde feel with assorted unique pictures adorning the walls, high backed wood chairs and a general warm, rustic feel.

Matthew O'Keeffe also owns The Royal Standard of England in Forty Green, which is more than 900 years old, and The Red Lion at Penn and has put in place chef proprietor Perry Campbell at The Bee.

The staff are really friendly and chatty and knowledgeable about the menu, which is varied.

For starters I went for the garlic prawns with crusty bread. You can have it as a starter for £5.95 or a main for £10.95.

There were about eight to ten large prawns, in their shells placed in a skillet with garlic olive oil and sweet shallot onions.

The prawns were meaty, well cooked and tasted great.

The sweet shallots were lovely with the prawns and I thoroughly enjoyed mopping up the garlic oil with the crusty baguette.

My dining companion went for the whitebait (£5), which again was a good sized portion. They were served in a little bucket on a wooden board with homemade tartare sauce and a wedge of lemon.

The fish was well cooked and the breadcrumb coating was evenly distributed and light.

The tartare sauce was lovely- just the right consistency with plenty of capers and gherkins.

Other starters include soup of the day (which when I went was sweetcorn) at £4 ranging up to goats cheese croquette at £8.50.

There was a specials fish board too with two starters and one main, and on the other specials board was falafel and Welsh rump lamb.

For the main course I went for the fish and chips (£11), which was the biggest portion of the Great British classic I had ever seen.

The beer battered cod stretched the length of the whole plate and the huge, chunky chips seemed to go on for ever.

I went for a portion of mushy peas (£1.50) with it too and there was also the tartare sauce alongside.

The fish was perfectly cooked and was tender and flaky and the batter was a delight- not too thick and well seasoned.

I sometimes worry when I see too chunky chips that they will not be cooked through, but there was no problem here and they were very moreish.

The mushy peas were a welcome accompaniment.

I am ashamed to say I only managed half of it as it was just so big.

My friend had the pulled pork burger in a brioche bun with barbecue sauce, apple coleslaw and sweet potato chips (£11.50).

Again, it was another generous portion. There was a hefty pile of shredded pork covered in the light yet tangy barbecue sauce.

I think it would have been just as tasty in a normal white bap, as the brioche is quite a rich roll.

Pulled pork certainly continues to be hugely popular and it is great to see this on the menu.

The sweet potato fries were delicious, as was the homemade coleslaw.

Other mains include duck breast, a beef burger, sirloin steak, slow roasted belly pork and a vegetarian nut crumble.

When it came to dessert we simply could not manage one.

They were all priced at £6 and although the sticky toffee pudding and the plum and Amaretti crumble sounded divine, I simply could not manage one.

Although I was assured they were delicious with the chef making everything homemade.

I really enjoyed my meal at The Bee. It is excellent pub food with a good choice for all.

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