There is a lot to like about The Beehive, the respected pub restaurant just off Bourges Boulevard in the city centre.
I love the look of the building and the Beehive sign; the interior layout is terrific, the decor is appealing... my admiration it even goes down to the crockery and cutlery. Most of all, though, there is the food.
It bills itself as “more than just a pub, not just a restaurant” which pretty much sums up the menu, although I feel recent menu changes have erred more towards the latter.
There is plenty of variety in the starters with moules mariniere, shellfish Bisque and air dried beef bresola, and it is always nice to see a soufflé on the menu.
The mains offer pub classics such as fish and chips alongside the likes of confit of Gressingham duck with sauteed sweet potato, fine beans and chorizo, or ratatouille and Brie suet pudding with curly kale and relish.
Desserts cover all the bases too – and who can resist iced white chocolate and honeycomb parfait or homemade truffles and petit fours?
There is also a daily specials board, where chef gets to try something new perhaps, so first up for me was home made pastrami - a real mouthwatering experience with soft, delicate meat. It came with a horeseradish potato salad- cool and fresh with just a little kick from the horseradish - and a really powerful peppery watercress.
A great way to start.
It’s not something you see everyday on Peterborough menus, so Donna was intrigued - and indeed won over - by the twice baked Lincolnshire Poacher soufflé; slightly brown and crisp around the top, beautifully light, moist and fluffy inside with a great big cheesy taste. A real treat and with a nice leafy salad too.
I stuck with the specials for the main event - toad in the hole with Toft Farm Lincolnshire sausages, mash, buttered greens and gravy.
The pudding was tremendous - not too mushy, great consistency, little bits of crispness and a nice flavour. The sausages - four of them - were nicely cooked, had a great meaty texture but were a little too herby for me. The mash was smooth and creamy, the greens cooked just right and the gravy incredibly rich and moreish.
Donna has a real thing for gnocchi at the moment which swayed her towards one of her favourites - seared fillet of salmon, which was so well cooked she ate it with the skin on. It came with a really tasty wilted spinach, quite a large portion of soft buttered gnocchi and spring onion.
As a finale, and I guess in recognition of an excellent starter, we went with another soufflé, this time with a very delicate hint of lemon and bold, sweet coconut flavour, match by a real zingy raspberry sorbet. Lovely.
And to round things off nicely, it all came well presented and the service was excellent.
Venue: The Beehive, Albert Place, Peterborough t. 01733 310600 e. firstname.lastname@example.org www.beehivepub.co.uk
Brad’s rating: 8
From the menu:
Homemade Soup of the Day served with Crusty Bread £5
Fine House Pate, Chicken liver with Garlic & Cognac, Served with Pear Chutney & Toast £5.50
Potted Crayfish with Melba Toast £7
Crispy Fried Tiger Prawns with Sweet Chilli & Basil Dipping Sauce £8
Classic Caesar Salad (with Chicken £7) £5.50
Shellfish Bisque with Croutons, Rouille & Parmesan £5.50
Fish of the Day £ P.O.A
Corn Fed Chicken Breast with Lyonnaise Potatoes, Crispy Pancetta & Buttered Greens £14
Roast Rump of Lamb with Garlic Mash, Savoy Cabbage & Rosemary Gravy £15.50
Mushroom & Ricotta Tortellini with Garlic Bread £12.50
Hot Chocolate Fondant with Pistachio Ice Cream (15 minutes) £6
Selection of English Cheeses with Pear Chutney & Biscuits £7
Baked Vanilla & Sour Cherry Cheesecake with Cherry Compote £6
Classic Creme Brulee £6
Warm Apple Bakewell Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream £6
Iced White Chocolate & Honeycomb Parfait with Seasonal Fruit £6