My wife and I have been regular visitors to The Mad Hunter and have always enjoyed its relaxed atmosphere, outstanding food and genuine friendly service from the excellent staff. The venue had closed for a few weeks after Christmas for renovations and to prepare a new menu. We went last night to look at the up grade. I was worried as I had developed a serious addiction to Travis's amazing Buffullo Wings and there was a possibility I had would have to go completely cold turkey.
On arriving we were met by Oliver and it was obvious alot if thought had gone into the cosmetic changes which all suited the "hunter" theme without being gimmicky and the venue was welcome and relaxed as normal.
The new menu is excellent. Those of you who have had the pleasure of the Chef's Evenings and wished to be able to try some of those amazing dishes again (like us) will be very impressed by the new menu.
There are more of Travis's interests and interests on it with his mix of South African and Asian food coming through. There is also classic bistro/gastro pub dishes like steak and chips (flat iron or sirloin) or chicken and chips or a Boar Burger.
However, the real delight is the Travis touches: I had the new version of the Wings, which are now piri piri with tomatoe aioli served with lemon and coriander (scarily more fresh and zingy and an improvement on the Buffullo Wings which is bad news habit!). My wife had Japaneese king Prawns which were spicy and clean tasting.
For the main course I opted for Osso Buco which was a very generous portion of slow cooked beef leg steak that comes on the bone with a lovely night of bone marrow at the centre of the plate. It was served with a deep red wine and parsley jus and creamy mash: absolutely delicious!
My wife had the Chicken with creamy lemon grass and cocconut broth which was served with toasted bloomer which was also amazing.
We were sat by the desk and saw a number of delicious dishes come out that looked amazing: a sea bass vietnamese style "pho" broth that we had tried on a chef's night, an amazing lamb dish served in a bread bowl and we are already planning our next visit.
The meal was washed down with an excellent Cote du Rhone suggested by Oliver.
I cannot rate this restaurant highly enough. You are never rushed and if you wish your meals to be an experienced and not just a perfunctory event then this is the place for you. The music, atmosphere, quality of food and hospitality make it a destination that has to be visited.
My wife and I always feel that eating at the Mad Hunter at night feels like when you eat out when on holiday abroad. Yes the weather is crap but it always feels like a holiday as time seems to no longer matter and you are eating with old friends who genuinely want you to have the best food and wine possible. Best little restaurant on the Fylde coast without a doubt.
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