Inglewood Inn - Winter Menu Tasting

Inglewood Inn - 1931 North East Road, INGLEWOOD SA 5133

Winter in the Adelaide Hills is cold - icily so! But there’s no reason to wait until spring before you make your way up the winding eucalypt-lined roads, because if anyone knows how to make the most of the chilly weather and all the associated comforts, it is the Hills locals. Nestled throughout the region are cosy country inns with wood lined bars brimming with craft beers and delicious dishes created from local produce.

Winter Gin Cocktail

We donned our coats and headed up to the Inglewood Inn recently to try their new menu and have a sip of their new limited edition Winter Gin - recently created in collaboration with Applewood Distillery. Food and drinks provided by the Inglewood Inn.

Outdoors at Inglewood Inn

The Inn has a patio-heater strewn beer garden and a stunning view of the surrounding landscape from their glass-walled restaurant.  After listening to some live acoustic music and enjoying some sweetly spiced gin and ginger beer cocktails, we retreated to the warmth and ambience of the dining area to see what they had on offer.

Charred Sweetcorn & Jalapeño Cakes $14.50

The Charred Sweetcorn and Jalapeño cakes with miso almond butter was one of my (Dani's) favourite dishes of the night.  These fritters were a perfect balance of flavours and textures. A density of sweet corn kernels was suspended in the light batter of the fritter and they were popping with juicy flavour. The miso gave the nutty almond butter a savoury richness and the side salad, gently dressed with a mustard vinaigrette, helped to keep the starter light and fresh.

Fried Haloumi Salad $14.50

After my fair share of pan-fried brunch add-ons, this battered version of haloumi was not quite what I had been expecting. The batter itself was a light tempura style and helped to seal in some of the moisture of the cheese, though I felt it could have been fried a little longer for optimum crispness. The rich cheese worked well with the peppery rocket, toasted pepitas and the acidity of the pickled onion. As we tucked into the dish little pockets of tangy sweetness from the basil sauce added a little excitement to every other mouthful.

Emotional Cabbage Salad with Pork Belly $26.50

The Inn has a number of hearty winter options on offer but as we were looking to save some room for the aforementioned craft beers and soon to be mentioned cake cupboard, we decided to stay on the lighter side for our mains. This colourful slaw of red cabbage, coriander, mint, capsicum and bean sprouts was laced with egg noodles and had a fantastic textural complexity. We decided to try the pork belly option from the proteins (chicken or salt and pepper squid are the other options available) and had no regrets - a good sized portion of succulent pork pieces topped with golden crackling was scattered over the slaw. I love a bit of heat in my food, but some might find that the sweet soy dressing has a little more chili than one may be partial to, so be wary if considering ordering this dish. As chili lovers we were unfazed and enjoyed the extra warmth.

Beetroot to Yourself with Chicken $26.50

This salad looks light, but hidden underneath the tangle of mixed greens there was a hefty mix of roast beetroot, red onion, thinly sliced radish, hazelnuts and crispy chickpeas. We also chose to add some chicken and the tender pieces of thigh were scattered through the salad. The earthiness of the beetroot and nuts was enlivened by a lemony dressing and creamy tahini sauce.

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce 

The Inn doesn’t have a set dessert menu, but does have a large glass cabinet filled with cakes, cheesecakes and other assorted baked sweets for you to choose from. We couldn’t go past the option of a large slice of rich and fluffy sticky date cake. Served warm, it came with a syrupy sweet, ooey-gooey caramel sauce and a generous dollop of whipped cream. We’re pretty sure the cold weather helped burn off any extra calories it may have contained…(worth it!!!).

Cosy at night and offering stunning views of the Hills during the day, the Inglewood Inn is a great option if you feel like taking a short trek for a relaxing afternoon or evening away from the bustle of the city.

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