The Punch Bowl in High Easter is a family business. David and Penny have owned, the Punch Bowl for 32 years. The Restaurant is housed in a listed Tudor building which was formerly a Coaching Inn, constructed in early 15th century. Being a party of 8, we entered the Punch Bowl, arriving at 7 pm, for an 8 pm reservation. Being greeted, as always by David. Who suited out a seating area for us, to have a lovely cocktail in their bar area. Champagne cocktails arrived along with homemade crisps and sugar snap peas. Menus were given to us, to review explaining anything we wanted to know. They are happy to make small adjustments to their menu.
Dining In A Piece Of History
The Punch Bowl in High Easter restaurant is small and personal, having a homely feel to the place. We were shown to our table which was a roundtable, having lots of space so everyone could see and talk to one another. David came over with the wine list, as he is a wine expert, we always go on his recommendations. We decided on a lovely rose wine.
Our starters arrived. New York Scallops pan-fried with crisp bacon. Roasted Figs, wrapped in Parma ham and filled with Dolcelatte. Mediterranean Prawns (peeled) sautéed in fresh garlic butter. Having IBS, I have to be carful what I eat. David was so accommodating, I had Smoked salmon. And for your information it was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their starters, we all had clean plates.
The Punch Bowl in High Easter
After a small break, we had our mains. Double Beef Fillet ‘Chateaubriand’ cooked to your choice (for 2). Roast Rack of Lamb, carved onto a hot red-current sauce. Whole Fresh Lobster, (dressed) served hot or Cold.
David informed me that his wife Penny does all their cooking. Portions are massive, you will not be going home hungry. I had the Chateaubriand with a friend that has never been to The Punch Bowl in High Easter. To be honest, I only recommend to have the Chateaubriand cooked one way, and that is Medium/rare. You will also find on your plate sautéed potatoes, with cooked carrots and mougeout with runner beans.
My husband let me try his Lamb, which was out of the world. And I don’t even eat Lamb! On his plate was 5 pieces of Lamb already carved. You will also get sautéed potatoes, with cooked carrots and mougeout with runner beans.
Others had the Lobster, as you can see from the picture above you get a whole lobster, with dressed crab salad and new potatoes.
Their desserts trolley, which Host’s a fabulous section of desserts including, Banoffee Pie, Chocolate Roulade and many more. These are all home-made. As it was my friend’s birthday, I asked David if he could choose a dessert for us with a candle in it. He came out of their kitchen, with a Chocolate Roulade singing Happy Birthday. To my friend’s surprise, the whole restaurant joined in and clapped at the end for her. The atmosphere in the restaurant is lovely people laughing having fun. We ended the night with coffee and chocolates.
David and Penny have the most amazing wine room. Full of exclusive wines and champagnes, that you can purchase at a discounted rate. We bought a crate of wine, the last time we went to Punch Bowl back in December. Costing £20.00 a bottle, checking online the retail price was £43.00 a bottle.
David waits for each table to finish their meal. Asking everyone at the table, “Who would like to go to the wine room”. You enter the wine room via the kitchen. Their wine room has 2 sections, that is full of all size’s and different wines and champagnes.
Punch Bowl in High Easter is only open for 3 days
Friday from 7 pm, Saturday from 7 pm, Sunday from 12 noon
The menu is a set price: Saturday £54.50 (Three Courses). Friday £49.50 (Three courses)