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Moreton-in-Marsh eats: Black Bear pub; coffee shops; Hassan Balti; breakfast at Treetops B&B

  1. Black Bear pub. I had a super-delicious Parsnip & Leek bake. This was a gratin; it came with a small salad & a few fries on the plate. My husband had the steak & ale pie. He said it was good. We noticed that the salt & pepper shakers were the opposite of at home: the pepper shaker had the 5 holes, & the salt shaker only 1.
  2. Coffee shops:
    --Victoria coffee shop. They serve a very limited food menu; their Cornish pasty with gravy & thin fries was fine for a light meal.
    --Martha's coffee is about a block from the train station, and many people take advantage of this while awaiting train time. Also, the train station is closed on Sunday (no bathroom) so Martha's is convenient for that reason also. The drink I ordered (the hot chocolate melt) had dark chocolate melted right into the drink...single origin Ecuador 71% dark chocolate....need I say more?
  3. Hassan Balti. An excellent supper! We shared the Chef Special Biryani. (Note: we are in our 60's and we are light eaters.) It had little pieces of tandoori chicken and lamb mincemeat, mixed with saffron basmati rice with nuts, sultanas, coconut flour; the sauce it comes with (topping) is called "vegetable curry". This dish was very tasty-- spicy & flavorful but not "hot". The naan was good too. If I ever went back to Moreton, I would head right for Hassan Balti!
  4. Breakfast at Treetops B&B was excellent. You choose the night before, from a menu. Choices were: Porridge; eggs (fried, scrambled, or poached); smoked kippers (my husband had them one day but by afternoon he was still tasting fish, so he had to buy a tin of mints); croissants; cold cereals; toast; juice, tea, hot chocolate, grapefruit, & English Breakfast. The English breakfast was: "bacon" (ham), a fat short sausage; 2 eggs; mushrooms; a hash brown patty; little fried tomato hunks; a small piece of fried bread; toast (unlike other places, you didn't get beans, which was fine by me). If I ever went back to Moreton, I'd stay at Treetops for sure!
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Bacon, another thing that divides our two nations!
If you want bacon that is more like the stuff served in the US try asking if they have "streaky bacon" and ask for it to be served crispy. Personally I love streaky bacon but it is a cheaper form of bacon so a swanky B and B might not have it. In some circles seen as a little lower class, and definitely less healthy because it has more fat in it.

Kippers are renowned for "lingering" both in the kitchen where they are cooked and in the person who ate them! I always think they are a brave choice for breakfast!