Now that December has arrived, pubs and restaurants across the country are unveiling their festive menus and Christmas cocktails – and I am so excited for festive food! Nestled between Chichester and Emsworth is The Bosham Inn, a historic pub which has recently undergone a refurbishment – it’s beautifully cosy, oozing rural charm and the perfect spot for a festive meal.
I was invited along to The Bosham Inn to try their new festive menu, which is a selection of dishes from the main menu (plus some Christmas classics) for a three course set menu price. I’d heard glowing reviews of The Bosham Inn from a friend of mine, so was excited to step inside and see what it was like.
You’ll find The Bosham Inn along the main road from Emsworth to Chichester – it’s easy to find and they have plenty of parking.
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When you step inside The Bosham Inn you’ll find chic, cosy decor, comfortable seating and exposed beams – some of my favourite things in a pub! The interior is warm and inviting, with plenty of nooks for more private meals and a roaring fireplace near the entrance.
We were greeted by friendly staff who led us to our table by the window before explaining the main and festive menus to us.
I had already decided what I would be having from the festive menu – I’m definitely a planner when it comes to meals out – but the main menu looked delicious as well. The festive menu is an excellent price at £25.95 for three courses and the portions were very generous, as you’ll see a little later.
As designated driver for the evening, I opted for a Seedlip & elderflower tonic from the bar and it was lovely – one of my favourite non-alcoholic tipples when I’m not in the mood for a soft drink.
To start, I chose the king prawn & avocado cocktail – I couldn’t resist ordering it as it reminds me of Christmas! The prawns were fresh and plentiful and the dish was executed very well – and I also enjoyed that it was served on a plate rather than in a fiddly glass as is more the norm. Much easier to eat!
The prawn cocktail was served with a Bloody Mary marie rose sauce and some sourdough bread – I enjoyed the Bloody Mary twist on a traditional starter.
Tom opted for salt & pepper calamari to start – which is always one of our favourite dishes to order – and it was excellent. Served with N’duja mayonnaise, the calamari was beautifully crisp and delicious. The mayonnaise was unusual and the flavours complemented the calamari.
After a brief pause, the main event arrived. I was feeling particularly festive so, of course, ordered the hand-carved turkey breast. It was incredible!
The turkey was succulent and tender, and was served with a huge amount of trimmings. Beef dripping roast potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, thyme-roasted carrots, roasted butternut squash & beetroot, glazed sprouts, green beans, broccoli, lemon & thyme stuffing wrapped in bacon, a Cumberland & red onion pig in blanket and lashings of gravy. I was pleased to see a jug full of extra gravy was served without asking for it – there’s often not enough gravy!
I loved the bacon wrapped stuffing – I hadn’t had this before and it was delicious. The parsnips and potatoes were crisp, the gravy was thick and meaty and everything worked extremely well together. This was an excellent roast turkey main to kick off the festive season, and for me it was one of the best I’ve had! No dry turkey in sight and a very generous serving.
If you are planning a visit to The Bosham Inn but aren’t in the mood for a full roast, there’s plenty of other options on the menu.
The forestiere chicken breast stuffed with spinach & mozzarella and wrapped in pancetta was also a delicious choice. Served with a wild mushroom sauce and skin-on fries, the flavours worked well together. Tom really enjoyed this – but did say he felt the chicken breast was a little small.
For seafood lovers out there, the roasted salmon would be an excellent choice. Served with a pea & smoked pancetta veloute, broccoli and spring onion mash – the mash looked delicious and the salmon was well cooked.
Onto the desserts – I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth, but if I see apple pie on the menu I’m going to have to order it!
The bramley apple pie was perhaps the neatest pie I’ve ever seen – served warm with custard (my favourite) and a dusting of cinnamon. The pie was delicious and a good size – I’d order it again.
Tom opted for a Belgian chocolate brownie, which was just as decadent and indulgent as it sounds. Served with a scoop of chocolate gelato and a swirl of Belgian chocolate sauce, this was a chocolatey delight that’s perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
If you’d like to round of your festive meal with Christmas pudding, you can! The Christmas pudding was light and airy, which was a pleasant surprise compared to the stodgy, heavy Christmas puddings that we’re all used to. We swapped the brandy sauce for custard as that’s our favourite, and it was delicious.
We had a very enjoyable evening at The Bosham Inn and I can’t wait to head back for another meal. The newly refurbished interior is beautiful & inviting, and the cosy surroundings make this the perfect venue for family gatherings and intimate evenings with loved ones. I was impressed by the efficient, friendly staff who were all very knowledgeable and happy to accommodate any requests.
If you’re planning a family dinner over the festive period or just fancy a relaxing evening meal, The Bosham Inn is the perfect location. We visited on a Saturday evening and it was pleasantly busy, but not loud.