We visited The Garibaldi Pub in Bourne End, a community-owned traditional freehouse pub, on a Tuesday evening in March 2016 and were surprised to see how full it was; luckily we had booked a table. We hadn’t realised that Tuesday nights were Mussels night and these were what the majority of diners were eating. Personally they are not to my liking but my friend chose them and she said they were very tasty. I opted for the crispy-skinned seabass with crab cakes and samphire and it was simply delicious, there’s no other way of describing it. I shall definitely be returning to eat this again.

The side dishes looked tempting but Kirsty, the Manager, explained that the meals were plentiful and, as we weren’t starving, we felt it would be just too greedy to order them. She was right of course, we were full and consequently missed out on sampling the desserts too. If we had been dining at the weekend we would definitely have gone for a more leisurely meal sampling all three courses.

If you are planning a meal out for 8 people there is the perfect table for you in the conservatory. It is slightly separated from the main pub and would be ideal for a special occasion where you want to have a little extra space.

Some English pubs these days are serving food worthy of top-class restaurants, using local, seasonal produce, lovingly prepared by excellent chefs. The Garibaldi is one of these pubs, we definitely recommend it to you.

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