We indulge in a lovely two course meal at Bristol's tucked away Bib Gourmand pub - The Blaise Inn

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Nestled in the quiet Henbury Road, only a stone's throw from the stunning Blaise Castle Estate, lies The Blaise Inn, an independent pub and restaurant which is the perfect start or finish point for a visit to the parklands.

Nestled in the quiet Henbury Road, only a stone's throw from the stunning Blaise Castle Estate, lies The Blaise Inn, an independent pub and restaurant which is the perfect start or finish point for a visit to the parklands. The beautiful stone building was refurbished and opened in 2021 by Louise McCrimmon, previously executive chef of Harvey Nichols Bristol, with the help of husband Ian and their neighbours Nicola and Peter Gilbert.Nestled in the quiet Henbury Road, only a stone's throw from the stunning Blaise Castle Estate, lies The Blaise Inn, an independent pub and restaurant which is the perfect start or finish point for a visit to the parklands. The beautiful stone building was refurbished and opened in 2021 by Louise McCrimmon, previously executive chef of Harvey Nichols Bristol, with the help of husband Ian and their neighbours Nicola and Peter Gilbert.
Nestled in the quiet Henbury Road, only a stone's throw from the stunning Blaise Castle Estate, lies The Blaise Inn, an independent pub and restaurant which is the perfect start or finish point for a visit to the parklands. The beautiful stone building was refurbished and opened in 2021 by Louise McCrimmon, previously executive chef of Harvey Nichols Bristol, with the help of husband Ian and their neighbours Nicola and Peter Gilbert. | National World

The beautiful stone building was refurbished and opened in 2021 by Louise McCrimmon, previously executive chef of Harvey Nichols Bristol, with the help of husband Ian and their neighbours Nicola and Peter Gilbert.

The pub, which has received a Bib Gourmand since 2023, delivers a regularly changing menu based on the seasonality of ingredients from Wednesdays to Saturdays and a traditional roast on Sundays.

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During our visit, the menu included starters like White onion and cider soup, crisp apple and creme fraiche (£6.50) and Pea and mint croquettes, goat curd, pea and lemon dressing (£8); mains like Whole grilled megrim sole, roast fennel and potatoes, lovage mayonnaise (£26) and Potato pancake, asparagus, frisée salad, soft poached egg, lovage dressing (£18).

We spotted a cute photo collage of the “Pooches of the Blaise” on the wall by the ladies toilet at The Blaise Inn during our visit as well as a painting of St Blaise on the wall by the entrance to the garden.We spotted a cute photo collage of the “Pooches of the Blaise” on the wall by the ladies toilet at The Blaise Inn during our visit as well as a painting of St Blaise on the wall by the entrance to the garden.
We spotted a cute photo collage of the “Pooches of the Blaise” on the wall by the ladies toilet at The Blaise Inn during our visit as well as a painting of St Blaise on the wall by the entrance to the garden. | National World

They also offered a selection of mouth-watering puddings like Lemon verbena panna cotta, strawberries and mint (£8) and Coffee served with homemade chocolate truffles (£5).

After receiving advice about the best level to have the steak cooked, I ordered a medium-cooked seared onglet steak with salsa verde, fries, watercress salad and pickled shallots for £20.

I also ordered a chocolate mousse with dulce de leche caramel, shortbread biscuits and almond praline (£8.50) from the mouth-watering pudding list and an apple juice (£2.90).

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The garden was very peaceful and had plenty of picnic tables and sheltered canopy areas. The garden was very peaceful and had plenty of picnic tables and sheltered canopy areas.
The garden was very peaceful and had plenty of picnic tables and sheltered canopy areas. | National World

As I made my way to the outdoor garden, I spotted a painting of St Blaise on the wall next to the garden entrance and a cute photo collage of the "Pooches of the Blaise" on the wall by the ladies toilet.

The garden was very peaceful and had plenty of picnic tables and sheltered canopy areas. The main meal was brought to the outdoor table within a half hour where I enjoyed a lovely breeze with my lunch.

After receiving advice about the best level to have the steak cooked, I ordered a medium-cooked seared onglet steak with salsa verde, fries, watercress salad and pickled shallots for £20. The steak, which was presented on a bed of salsa verde, was slightly chewy and very juicy. It was flavourful with a smoky, earthy hint. I was blown away by the amazing salsa verde which burst with herby flavour and combined very well with the steak.After receiving advice about the best level to have the steak cooked, I ordered a medium-cooked seared onglet steak with salsa verde, fries, watercress salad and pickled shallots for £20. The steak, which was presented on a bed of salsa verde, was slightly chewy and very juicy. It was flavourful with a smoky, earthy hint. I was blown away by the amazing salsa verde which burst with herby flavour and combined very well with the steak.
After receiving advice about the best level to have the steak cooked, I ordered a medium-cooked seared onglet steak with salsa verde, fries, watercress salad and pickled shallots for £20. The steak, which was presented on a bed of salsa verde, was slightly chewy and very juicy. It was flavourful with a smoky, earthy hint. I was blown away by the amazing salsa verde which burst with herby flavour and combined very well with the steak. | National World

The steak, which was presented on a bed of salsa verde, was slightly chewy and very juicy. It was flavourful with a smoky, earthy hint. I was blown away by the amazing salsa verde which burst with herby flavour and combined very well with the steak.

The refreshing salad had a strong but not overpowering lemon taste, whilst the chips were well-seasoned, soft and fluffy with a slightly crunchy exterior.

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As for the mousse, it was very creamy and had a rich cocoa flavour. It sat on a base of dulce de leche caramel and paired well with the soft but slightly crunchy shortbread. Crunchy caramel pieces were also sprinkled on top of the mousse. It was chocolate heaven!

The chocolate mousse with dulce de leche caramel, shortbread biscuits and almond praline (£8.50), was very creamy and had a rich cocoa flavour. It sat on a base of dulce de leche caramel and paired well with the soft but slightly crunchy shortbread. Crunchy caramel pieces were also sprinkled on top of the mousse. It was chocolate heaven!The chocolate mousse with dulce de leche caramel, shortbread biscuits and almond praline (£8.50), was very creamy and had a rich cocoa flavour. It sat on a base of dulce de leche caramel and paired well with the soft but slightly crunchy shortbread. Crunchy caramel pieces were also sprinkled on top of the mousse. It was chocolate heaven!
The chocolate mousse with dulce de leche caramel, shortbread biscuits and almond praline (£8.50), was very creamy and had a rich cocoa flavour. It sat on a base of dulce de leche caramel and paired well with the soft but slightly crunchy shortbread. Crunchy caramel pieces were also sprinkled on top of the mousse. It was chocolate heaven! | National World

Overall, it was a surprisingly filling meal and the portions were just right to not feel too full. The dishes had beautiful presentations and the staff were very friendly and would check on you after the food was brought to the table.

The Blaise Inn, 260 Henbury Rd, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7QR. The bar is open Monday and Tuesday from 5pm to 11pm, Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 11pm and Sunday from noon to 10pm. The Kitchen is open Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm, and Sunday from noon to 4pm.

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