The all-new Beehive pub in Peterborough opened it’s doors on Monday (my invite must have got lost in the post…) so I popped along for a spot of lunch and a nose around to see what new owners James and Sharon Trevor have done with the place. For those of you that don’t know, they also own Jim’s Yard in Stamford and Jim’s Bistro in Peterborough (one of the best city centre restaurants in my opinion).
I’m going to go out on a limb and call The Beehive a bar – I don’t think it’s either a restaurant or a pub. The impression I got is that it’s aimed more at wine and champagne than beers and lagers. That’s not to say it only sells wine though, there are beers and lagers on tap!? As Peterborough already has some top notch cask ale pubs I think it’s wise not to compete with those, but is there demand for a wine bar?
So, on with the review…
Located on a slightly odd patch of land off Viersen Platz, next to the Asda carpark and Bourges Boulevard, the pub (or is it a bar?) is in a prime position for those in Peterborough city centre. Parking is more than ample and with various offices just metres away there should be no shortage of passing trade.
The interior is light and modern, with comfy chairs and some great large booth’s when there’s a few of you. The bar area has a mix of window seats and high tables, with a private dining room off to the side. Round the other side of the bar is a dedicated dining area, with access to a little courtyard for topping up the tan.
I’m sure the big attraction for most customers will be the food (well it was in my case), counting on the reputation of the other two Jim’s restaurants, but it’s not exactly as I expected. The menu is limited to around seven each of starters and mains so plenty of variety to choose from. Just some of the mains on the menu at the time of writing included an 8oz Rib Eye Steak, Slow roasted shoulder of Lamb with Chorizo cassoulet & braised red cabbage, and Potato dumplings & spring vegetables in cheese sauce.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen a big signature burger, home made with chunky chips!
I chose the Crispy Fried Fish & Chips (the fish was Panga) whilst my dining buddy Matt opted for Butter Roast Chicken with Penne Pasta in a tomato sauce. At ?9.50 and ?11.75 respectively it makes for a pricey lunch, but the price reflected the experience.
The batter on my fish was very light but unfortunately only ever so slightly undercooked, leaving a floury texture. It was so borderline that I didn’t bother to mention it to the staff and it didn’t impact on my enjoyment of the meal. I know Jim would have wanted to rectify the problem.
The chips were great, nice chunky examples and that’s about it – not much more you can do to Fish & Chips and thankfully the chef let the ingredients do the talking.
Matt enjoyed his chicken and pasta but would have liked a little bread roll accompaniment, as there was a little bit of sauce left over that deserved mopping up.
Overall we both really enjoyed our meals and will be visiting The Bee Hive again. Hopefully Jim will change the menu seasonally, so there’s always something new to try.
If you’ve stopped by for a drink or food then let me know! Leave your comments in the box below.