After a fun night at the Science Museum Lates (which you really ought to go to – it’s an adults only night where they open up a bar on each level and let the ‘kids at heart’ run wild), my friend and I found ourselves starving and on the lookout for somewhere nice, not too expensive and not too far away, as it was nearing the 10pm mark – a little late for dinner.
With Twitter to the rescue, we settled on Bumpkin. Even at a late hour they were bustling and politely seated us at a lovely, but extremely loud table.
I felt bad because as I perused the menu, I suddenly had a craving for Thai instead of heavy roasts and pies. And then I spotted the specials. I managed to nab myself the very last order of Steamed Mussels, served with a saffron cream sauce, clams and crispy ‘streaky’ bacon (£14.95):
It was tasty. The saffron cream was great, the clams and bacon plentiful. I remember think at the time that it was a wee bit expensive (mussels are pretty cheap to buy, even from a retail fishmonger), but as I reflect, I was happy. It was a great dish.
My friend went with the Fish Pie, a short crust pastry, cod and root vegetables and cream (£12.50):
I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of <insert any name here> pies – a bit too heavy for my taste, but the cream sauce didn’t over do it. I caught some faint citrus notes, the potatoes were lovely and the giant chunks of fish also made this a winner. It was finished within minutes.
Two mains, two glasses of wine, bread and water ran about £60 (I can’t remember the exact price), so for a mid-range meal, it wasn’t horrible, but I wouldn’t go everyday. I’d have to be in the mood for it anyway.
However, if you fancy it, I just saw on their site that if you ‘like’ them on Facebook during the month of May, you get 50% off your bill. Go, you have 4 days.