Food from the Mediterranean at Ego at the Bull’s Head in Horbury

Ego at the Bull’s Head, Horbury

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 1:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th January 2019, 2:03 pm

The Ego at the Bull’s Head has seen the former pub converted into a stylish Mediterranean restaurant. The setting is pleasant and it is ideal for both couples and families, with a children’s playground outside.

I started with the salmon and dill fishcake with a poached egg and lemon and chive hollandaise sauce. It was a good portion size for a starter, it was well cooked and tasted delicious.

My husband also said he really enjoyed his garlic mushrooms on toasted white bloomer bread.

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However, the main course didn’t go so well for me.

I ordered the Iberian belly pork - slow roast and honey glazed with spinach, chorizo and black pudding, thyme red wine jus and pommes puree.

If I’m honest, the meat didn’t taste very slow roasted - it wasn’t tender and there was no sign of a crispy top, just a rather unappealing wedge of fat. The red wine jus was tasty, as were the potatoes, but the big chunks of chorizo in the sauce made it feel like I was eating a strange kind of spicy gravy. The top of the pork was more mustard-tasting than sweet honey, and the different flavours just didn’t work well together in my opinion - I didn’t eat a great deal. It was a good size piece of pork though for an a la carte restaurant.

My husband ordered the pepperoni piccante pizza, which looked delicious, and he said it was spicy and tasty. 
Dry January meant we were on soft drinks (£1.90 for a pint of orange cordial) but the drinks menu looked good with a wide range of wines and some decent sounding cocktails. All in all, I wouldn’t go for the pork again, but the restaurant itself is probably worth another visit because every place can have an off day (or an off dish).

The Ego offers a range of discounted menus during the week, including two courses from the a la carte menu for £15.95 on a Monday (add a bottle of house wine for £5 each), steak from £10 every Tuesday, three for £13 tapas dishes on Wednesday and Thursday kebab night, as well as a £5 lunch offer running until the end of January.