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The Rising Sun: Spring menu review

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As one of Abbeydale Brewery's taps, The Rising Sun has always been a purveyor of some of Sheffield's favourite ale-based beverages. Moonshine, Deception and Absolution are in permanent residence alongside a superb selection of rotating guest ales, but now their food offering has also become a force to be reckoned with.

When we arrive early on a Thursday evening, the pub is already bustling with folks enjoying post-work pints and catching up with friends and family. In fact, there aren't many tables free at all, such is the popularity of the Fulwood Road pub. Thankfully, we've booked ahead and got ourselves a nice little table for two tucked away in the snug. Our server greets us warmly and we peruse the menu.

To start, we go for the spicy lamb Scotch duck egg and minted yoghurt; and the blue cheese, asparagus and red onion tart with dressed Spring leaves. The presentation of both is simple but impeccable. In terms of taste and texture, the Scotch egg is a real corker. Its crispy exterior gives way to perfectly spiced lamb meat, and inside, there is a soft boiled egg that would stand up to even the sturdiest soldier.

Meanwhile, the blue cheese tart is equally tasty, made up of a cracking combination of crunchy asparagus and a lovely, squidgy filling with a subtle but satisfying blue cheese flavour. Any concerns I may have had about the tart filling me up too much were soon allayed. It's the perfect light bite, not too big, not too heavy.

For our mains, we order the risotto primavera made with spring vegetables and white wine, and topped with grilled goats' cheese; and boneless chicken thighs with garlic mushrooms, spring onions, spinach, and a chicken and Moonshine jus. The chicken is cooked to perfection and super succulent, with the veggies augmenting the meat nicely, while the risotto is creamy and fluffy, sitting in that sweet spot between crunchy and mushy. I would like to thank the chef who suggested popping a wheel of goats' cheese on top of the risotto. There are few things that can't be improved by the addition of cheese.

Unfortunately we are both too full to sample the dessert menu this time but rest assured, we'll certainly be returning to devote some time to that.

Anyone who's indulged in and enjoyed pub scran in recent years will have noticed the rise and rise of the gastropub, but you'd be hard pushed to find anywhere that's risen quite as high as The Rising Sun.

Flick Jackson

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