I first discovered this little gem back in December when working in Ickenham. Went for Christmas lunch. The interior is very warm, cosy with a modern contemporary feel. It doesn’t have a pub atmosphere at all! It’s laid back yet strives elegance. The tables are laid out in such a way that makes you feel like you’re in a fine dining restaurant. The white bear is part of The White Brasserie Company, I have also been to The Hare Old Redding just off Harrow Weald – another gem of a find!
The staff are very friendly, open and warm. Nothing is ever too much, you can tell that they enjoy working there!
My first time in December, I remember I was horrendously ill, could barely talk let alone enjoy my glass of red wine hah! I opted for the Christmas lunch menu and never having tried Turkey ever, like everr……It was my first time for everything it seemed like haha!
The set menu was priced well, 3 courses for £29 or so! Not bad! The starter I opted for Potted Shrimps – tabasco, nutmeg, lemon juice, butter and toasted sourdough. It came beautifully presented on a large plate. The shrimps came in a small mason jar.
The shrimps were a bit gritty at first, but once mixed in the herby, buttery, tabasco sauce, it was perfect. The sourdough was warm with a soft crunch. So good, would rate it a 8/10.
Christmas turkey breast with all the trimmings. At first when put in front of me, I was a bit scared cause it looked pink! But then I realised that was the cranberry sauce and also came with a side of green vegetables too. A lot of food on one plate for sure. The first bite was ok, seemed a bit strange for me, as I ate more, I actually really enjoyed it. I have heard that Turkey is a relatively dry meat, but if cooked properly, can be moist. The vegetables were crunchy and nice too. As I was unwell, unfortunately I couldn’t finish it all off. But highly recommend to anyone!
The dessert looked like a kiddy trifle – a chocolate mousse with chocolate cake. I wouldn’t say its the best thing on the menu, but the mousse was light and fluffy. Not something I’d opt for again.
Following my second visit for lunch, I opted for the Seared breast of corn-fed chicken with wild mushrooms, cep sauce, wilted greens & sauté potatoes. Yummmm beyond yum!!!! Deliciously tasty and so good! Dessert was one of their specials: chocolate ganache tart with pistachio ice cream. Far too rich but was nice!
My third visit, was a business lunch. A cake tasting which I hosted for a couple getting married. I didn’t really order too much food, wanted something light and healthy.
Chose the Rainbow smoked beetroot & goat’s curd salad, balsamic dressing & beetroot crisps. Oh my worddddddd this was one of the best dishes on their menu! Look how beautiful it looks too. The smoked beetroot was perfection at its best, the beetroot crisps with the goats curd wooooooow! It went down so quickly, all the flavours together were a perfect marriage of heaven! Fine dining on a plate for £6.90!
To finish off the wonderful afternoon I needed a baileys coffee! Ever so decadent, not too rich on the palette, a nice welcoming into the afternoon! Creamy, fluffy, decandently pure. The simpler pleasures in life, enough said!
Highly recommend The White Bear to anyone, whether you are wanting just a drink, they have a vast wine list, nice beers, and great starters! Their olives are delish, and make sure you order the freshly made bread basket too!
I cannot wait to go back and try their new spring menu 🙂