Nibbling on a squirrel!

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CARNIVOROUS creations are de rigueur at the Copt Hill.

Last time I was at this Houghton watering hole I chowed down on camel and frogs legs.

On Monday night I took my Seen in the City partner in crime along for a mid-week calorie-laden treat.

We’d heard the owner, the rather flamboyant Lord Trevor Davis, had added grey squirrel to the menu and we were curious as to how this bushy-tailed rodent would taste.

For those worried about how the critters were sourced, they’re not plucked from the trees in Backhouse Park. The ones served up on a plate are from culls in Northumberland that take place in a bid to kick-start the red squirrel population.

Our conscience cleared, we ordered one of the beasts, which comes in at £16.

It’s presented whole – without the bushy tail I may add – and though it looked sort of skinny, was surprisingly meaty.

The taste was unusual, but not unpleasant at all. It’s best described as a gamey hybrid of duck and chicken with the texture of goose.

As we had ordered the dish unsure of how it would taste, we ordered a crab too (£10.95) which was fresh from the boats at Hartlepool.

We had great fun cracking into its claws and the meat inside was just delicious.

Perched on the top of a hill, Copt Hill is a little off the beaten track, but it’s well worth the drive.

If the adventurous foods aren’t enough to draw you in, there’s always some event or other to prick your interest.

Tonight it plays host to psychic night from 7pm with four readers, and tomorrow night a host of comedians will descend on the pub for a comedy night.

The evening will include John Smith from the Grinning Idiot Comedy Club, Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley, who has cerebral palsy and performs his routine via his iPad, and David Hadingham.

To give your tastebuds a taster of the food on offer we’ve teamed up with The Copt Hill to give away a seafood platter. It’s worth £47 and includes lobster, crab, prawns, crevettes, langoustine, mussels, clams, cockles, live oysters, smoked salmon, mackerel, razor clams and welks. It also includes a fountain of dry ice.

It serves two people for a main meal or four people for a starter.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: Where is the Copt Hill?

A. Houghton.

B. Hetton.

C. Hendon.

Email your answer and details to

Closing date: July 19.

Katy Wheeler