When I came across The Herd and Herb, I knew I needed to book a table immediately. Located in the charming little village of Sedgefield in Durham, The Herd and Herb offer a contemporary take on British cuisine created with locally sourced ingredients. Upon entering the restaurant you’re welcomed by a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. This is amplified by the modern take on a rustic interior vibe, it feels simple with unique touches. I like that the booths create a more private dining experience for larger groups out to dinner.We opted to try dishes from the Market Menu, which changes on a weekly basis. It’s a three course menu with a varied selection of dishes, which frankly all sounded wonderful, making it difficult to choose! I also noted that the menu offered both vegetarian and gluten free options, which is great to see accommodated.
For my starter, I selected the calamari which was very lightly battered and paired with a delicious aioli dip. My husband opted for the pulled pork option, it was almost a croquette. He said it was seasoned well with an asian influence.My main was Yorkshire Grain Fed Chicken paired with dauphinoise potatoes and fresh greens, accompanied by a jus. I know that people often feel chicken is the ‘boring’ option when dining out, but this was incredible. The chicken was crisp on the outside and worked so well with the creaminess of the potatoes.My husband had the Dover Sole served with Thai fishcakes and broccoli. It looked wonderful and he said the fishcakes were the highlight of the meal – so take note!Although we were both utterly full from our mains, one must always save a little space for dessert, right? That’s a rule I certainly live by.
I went for the more refreshing fruity option, a coconut panna cotta with mango and pineapple. I liked how the pineapple cut through the sweetness of the panna cotta – which was smooth and delightful.The other dessert was a salted caramel mousse topped with popcorn. Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with anything salted caramel, can you?The Herd and Herb serve delicious dishes using local ingredients and the value for money is great. The Market Menu is three courses for only £20!
Needless to say, as one of the top rated restaurants in the area, it’s better to book in advance. I made my reservation using OpenTable, I regularly use them to book into popular restaurants. They cover multiple different locations and it’s incredibly easy to use.
This post is in collaboration with OpenTable. As always, all opinions and photography are my own. Bon Apetit!