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Restaurant Review – The Dandy Lion, Bradford-on-Avon

Well, March seemed to fool us all into thinking it was going to herald the start of spring but the rain has returned today!

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We decided to make the most of the burst of sunshine we had yesterday by pulling on our wellies and going for a walk. It was still incredibly wet and muddy but we had fun splashing in puddles and the views over Bath were definitely worth it.

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The eagle-eyed readers will notice this is my second review for this local pub but it’s somewhere Ian and I find ourselves going back to, both for food and just for drinks, so I thought it deserved a second mention.

A few weeks ago, we were heading out for dinner and seeing as it was pouring with rain, we wanted to eat somewhere with its own car park so we didn’t have far to walk. However, when we drove through Bradford-on-Avon, we spotted a space right outside the pub so felt it was meant to be!

As always, I was going back and forth over what to order as it all sounded so good. I finally decided on a main course and sent Ian up to the bar to order with instructions to ‘surprise me’ with a starter!

He did well and we shared two starters of deep fried Thai crab balls which had a lovely crunch to them before you bit into the meaty, spicy centre.

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We also got some breaded chicken goujons to share which were nicely seasoned and came with an aioli and a BBQ dip and salad.

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For our mains, we both went for something hearty. I had the most wonderful fruity Moroccan lamb tagine served with warm, homemade flatbread and topped with a dollop of yogurt. This was warming and had a generous amount of lamb in it – I think I’ll have a go at recreating this at home.

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Ian had one of the specials – beef brisket served with a ‘Bloody Mary’ sauce in a sourdough roll and triple cooked chips. This was a lovely twist on a steak sandwich and their chips are unbelievable too!

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Unfortunately I was too stuffed for pudding (so not like me) but I actually came home to a lovely little package from a friend which contained some of my favourite salted caramels from Hotel Chocolat so I had these with a cuppa instead – thanks Luce! x

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Restaurant Review – The Dandy Lion, Bradford on Avon

It may have been all of the Facebook and Twitter updates mentioning BBQs, but over the Bank Holiday weekend I had a serious craving for a burger. Not a cheap takeaway one but a proper Man Vs Food-style beast of a burger so we headed out for dinner. We were going to try the new menu at our local pub but due to wanting to soak up every bit of sunshine, we ended up missing service so drove into our nearby town of Bradford on Avon.

The Dandy Lion is a lovely pub and we have often been for a drink or two, but this was the first time eating here. As soon as I saw the burger option available on the menu, I knew what I would be ordering and Ian followed suit!

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Service was quick and friendly and soon these little wooden trays arrived…

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A gorgeous sourdough bun which was crunchy yet chewy was the perfect way to serve these. The burgers were moist and flavoursome, topped with smoked crispy bacon, melted Emmental cheese and their secret burger sauce…delicious!

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On the side was a well-dressed side salad, creamy coleslaw and then a little bucket of chips – I opted for skinny fries while Ian indulged in some triple-cooked chips.

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 Although a burger and chips seems like quite a simple meal to get right, there are certain elements you can get very wrong, from the bun to the toppings to the sides and The Dandy Lion seemed to tick all the boxes for me!

 A great late-night dinner and we will definitely return for another meal there soon.