Italian Sunshine in North Devon
Being roused from a peaceful slumber, by the sound of rain lashing against my bedroom window last Tuesday morning, I unashamedly pulled the duvet over my head and snuggled down for a protracted snooze. My dog was having none of it! Throwing off the covers I staggered downstairs, cursing my furry friend as I went.
Cup of tea in hand, I pondered my day. The obligatory dog walk was foremost in my mind, along with food, not necessarily in that order. However, the large brown eyes, regarding me, lead clenched between teeth, won me over. Preparing myself for the fist event of the day I donned my coat and boots and set off into the North Devon drizzle, vaguely thinking of sunny climes and mouth watering home cooking. Italian home cooked food, in particular.
What better way to cheer up a dull Devon day than a saunter into Bideford and a visit to Belluno Italian Restaurant for a taste of their delicious home cooking in convivial settings. My vague thoughts had become a reality. This was the next event in my day.
Belluno is a traditional Italian restaurant based in Bideford, North Devon. Purchased by two friends and their wives, with ten years catering experience, this is a family affair, all being involved with the running of the restaurant and its sister venue in Newton St. Cyres, near Exeter.
The wood panelled interior of this converted pub, gives an authentic, rustic charm to the environment as did the warm welcome from its friendly staff. The smell of meat ragu, simmering on the stove permeated the air, making my mouth water, A group of “Ladies who lunch” were taking a breather after their main course, I could see why, when their desserts arrived they were enormous. Not to be beaten they soon dug in, with swoons of delight. The lone diner is also made comfortable, as several of the regulars, quickly testified.
Belluno as far as an Italian cuisine can, supports other small local businesses, their meat, comes from Frank Herd Butchers in Westward Ho! Steak being one of the great favourites. Other dishes for which Belluno are know is their duck breasts & sea bass. Fish and seafood comes from a small local supplier, over the boarder in Cornwall. Traditional Italian Charcuterie is imported weekly from Italy.
Belluno has a small intimate bar area, containing a snug corner, by a large open fire, where the congenial bar person will willingly mix you a cocktail, while you await your meal.
During the week a very reasonably priced set lunch £13.95 menu is available. Weekends offer a specials board containing such delectable temptations as Squid with pineapple salsa or seafood skewers ( chunks of Squid, Hake, Bass and Salmon). Be sure and book to guarantee your table at either the 6 pm or 8 pm sitting on Friday and Saturday nights.
Although delivery service is not available, Bulluno does offer a take away service, -collection only-. When planning your next dinner party, why not take the hassle out of entertaining and order some food. -who’s to say you didn’t cook it yourself ?-
Home made bread anyone? you will find it here, freshly baked each day along with homemade Polenta Chips. For those of you not in the know, Polenta is a coarse ground maize grain, which when boiled, can be baked fried or grilled, producing a really crispy finish. Yum. also Gluten free.
Please let Belluno know of any allergy concerns, they will be only to happy to help and advise you.
I really enjoyed my visit to Belluno, The welcome was warm, my mocha was delicious and the lovely wife, of one of the partners, was an absolute joy to chat with. Thank you for your time.
Belluno Italian Restaurant, Bar and Grill 37, Silver Street, Bideford, North Devon. EX39 2DY. Phone: 01237 473233 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FB http://www.facebook.com/bellunoitalianrestaurant
Next week, our month of June Bideford blogs will be Kudos, hairdressers.