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Review: Ring O'Bells pub, Nailsea

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Curry guru and author Dave Loyden cooked up a treat at the Ring O'Bells on Saturday helped by landlord David Green.

With two cooks, three sittings and four piece live band in the evening the all day event went down a treat with regulars.

Forestry Commission PR man Stuart Burgess said: “It was a cracking watching two professional chefs enjoying working together and doing what they do so well.

“I tried a little of everything, and it was all delicious with the jalfrezi being my favourite, I think.

“The sunshine and cider were an added bonus.”

More than 50 meals were served and Dave G is now thinking of making one day a month a special curry event – although through the winter it won’t be al fresco!

Included on the £9.95 menu for the Undercover Curry cook-in was lamb dhansak, garlic chilli chicken, chicken madras, chicken jalfrezi, vegetable curry, Bombay potatoes, tarka dal and Dave L’s own recipe for onion bhajis.

Children who didn’t like spicy food got a free pizza!

And as an extra accompaniment for those who enjoy live music, rock band The Cringe performed during the late evening sitting.

Live music is another once a month special and The West Indies are booked to play on Saturday, October 24.

Billed as Bristol's premier indie and Britpop tribute act they play 90s classics and beyond bringing together an irresistible blend of music from Supergrass, Stone Roses, Shed Seven, Bluetones, Strokes, Oasis, Blur, Charlatans, Kasabian, Ocean Colour Scene, Cast, Kula Shaker and many more.

Dave L is a much travelled cook having learned his trade while working in an Aberdeen Indian kitchen and perfecting his craft while living in Brunei, south east Asia.

While for cricket coach Dave G who is a keen fly-fisherman is was his life’s ambition to run a gastro pub.

Dave L who now lives in North Somerset has published a book of his recipes.

The book blurb says: "While needing employment in the evenings to enable him to look after his young son during the day, Dave boldly gave up his day job and decided to combine his love for British Indian restaurant cookery, with his former business as a courier.

"He went undercover in the best Indian/Bangladeshi restaurants, posing as a delivery driver to try to learn those closely guarded secrets of the chefs.

"It took some years until Dave realised that there were millions of others out there who wanted to know these secrets, and Undercover Curry was born."

The book is available on Amazon priced £12.99.

The pub also has fish Fridays and carvery every Sunday with homemade fare mostly from locally sourced suppliers.

Wednesday is the favourite for the next curry night in November – watch this space for the date and booking details.

Behind the bar are a couple of nice beers including Exmoor Fox, Hook Norton Lion, Butcombe and 12 different ciders, added Dave G.

The pub which has a great outside play area and private function room also does outside catering.

The Ring O’Bells at 4 St Mary’s Grove, is open daily from noon-11pm Monday to Thursday, noon-11.30pm on Friday and Saturday and noon-10.30pm Sundays.

Call 01275 790009 for more details.

Thanks to Stuart Burgess and Mike Steadman, of Panomania virtual websites, for photos.


Carol Deacon

October 2015

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