When: July 2017
Where: Bears, Hewett’s Kilns, Tongham Road, Runfold, Farnham GU10 1PJ
The Bill (exc drinks and service): £35.00 with 40% off the food bill.
Memory: Delicious food, décor and price. Perfect for any occasion.
Normally I like to plan a night out with Mr Diner, but after a few stressful weeks at work, my parents suggested we go out for the evening. So while they bathed and read bedtime stories to Little Diner, I made for the shower and went to put on something a bit more ‘going out’ like. Thanking my lucky stars that my parents were visiting for a few days.
The sunshine was fading and I wanted a relaxed feel to our evening, so grabbed a pair of black jeans, a black camisole and my new favourite scarf (worn as a cover-up). Jumped in the car to pick-up Mr Diner from his London commute and headed down the A31 towards The Packhouse.
Now if you haven’t visited the joy that is The Packhouse in Runfold for sometime, you may not have noticed that Café Fig has been transformed into Bears Restaurant.
In contrast to the 400 year old Grade II-listed building of The Packhouse, neighbouring Bears is modern and airy. Nestled amongst the vintage garden furniture displays Bears glistering glass frontage invites you take a seat in their industrial inspired dining room.
The restaurant was quiet, with only a few tables tucking into their meals. I’m sure on Friday or Saturday night the feel is more buzzy and gastro pub like but we where happy to have a more low key Thursday evening.
While Mr Diner looked through the menu my eyes were drawn to the restaurant’s quirky décor. The deep sea green cladded walls contrasting with the white and Moroccan style tiles. Rustic industrial tables with simple church style chairs immediately giving a sense of a no nonsense menu.
We decided to go for two courses, although I foolishly had noticed the Dark Chocolate Fondant on the Pudding’s list and it was all I could think about.
Perfectly timed, a cheerful waiter arrived to take our order. While the menu tempted with dishes such as Slow Cooked 12 Hour Pork Belly and 10oz Ribeye Steak, we wanted something a little more modest.
To start we choose Caramelised Red Onion & Goats Cheese Brushcetta and Chilli & Garlic Fresh Water Tiger Prawns. We wanted to try both and shared with the subtle plate swap half-way through.
Whilst still licking our lips and mopping up the Chilli & Garlic sauce with warm bread, we both agreed the Prawns were the better of the two. The Bruschetta just being a little too sweet for us even with the strong Goats cheese.
Mr Diner ordered a Bears Burger with all the trimmings but we were unfortunately told that the handmade burgers had all sold out. So after seeing the Beer Battered Cod being delivered to another diner’s table, he didn’t need to look at the menu for an alternative.
For me it was the Halloumi & Hummus Burger, with the best hand cut chips I’ve had in the long time. Generous portions meant the Chocolate Fondant I had my eye on initially wasn’t meant to be that night
Lucky for us, we took advantage of a special offer where we received 40% off our food bill, so not only did we have a tasty dinner, we saved a few pennies. Thankfully The Packhouse is closed in the evenings otherwise I could have happily spent those savings next door!
We’ll be returning as a family with Little Diner who will definitely like the options on the Bear Cubs menu and for a Saturday night grown-up meal with friends. The food was delicious and great value. I’ll be back for you Chocolate Fondant!
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