The Hoop

It was a real pleasure as we returned to the Hoop a great little pub in the village of Stock on saturday for one of their Tasting Menu evenings. The evening was set upstairs in the lovely setting of the Oak Room restaurant. The menu consisted of five courses created by Head Chef Phil and each course matched with wines chosen by David McDonald from Cellar 12 in Writtle , Chelmsford. The evening started with a welcome glass of Spumante and some delicious Focaccia bread. Our first course was a fantastic Game Ravioli with Pecorino a truly great way to start. We then moved on to a delightful Scallop , Apple & Vanilla



The next dish was the main course and definitely the highlight of the evening an amazing Saddle of Venison , braised shoulder croquette , quince & beetroot and matched perfectly with a Rive Barbera d’Asti.


We then moved on to the cheese course and a fabulous Comte Cheese Soufflé with Toasted Hazelnuts.


We finished with a dessert from heaven a truly fantastic Gypsy Tart with pear sorbet for a dessert lover like myself this was just perfect.


This rounded of a fabulous evening of great food and wine which was also matched by excellent service from Michelle and her wonderful young team. .I would definitely recommend a visit to the Hoop not just for one of these evenings but to sample the food from their other menus either in the Oak Room or downstairs in the Pub.

#TastingMenu #Stock #Essex


By Lloyd Stevens

I'm a big Foodie and love Fine Dining in AA Rosette and Michelin Star restaurants also enjoy good Pub Food especially Desserts . I been living in Hornchurch for 20yrs now and this year celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary to my wife Jane . We do enjoy our holidays with Italy & San Diego as our favourite destinations I've decided to focus more on my Foodie life due to over 3 years ago being struck down with nerve damage and recently spondylosis I do enjoy my sport and follow Chelsea , Juventus & San Diego Padres


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