This good neighbourhood restaurant and comfortable hotel stands on the Fosse Way, and was once a 17th century coaching inn. Most of the building still exudes that historical feel but the light and airy dining room is slightly unexpected, given the buildings sandstone exterior.
Chef Michael Carr offers a no-fuss menu, of well cooked dishes where each ingredient main is allowed to stand out. Much of what he offers is produced locally, including the excellent beef.
Expect the likes of 'Tuscan Chicken Salad with Pine Nuts & Cherry Tomatoes'; 'Grilled Sardines with Garlic and Wild Rocket'; 'Sautéed Whole Tiger Prawns with Basil'; 'Charcuterie Plate with Pickle & Olives' and 'Grilled Goats' Cheese Crotin with a Tomato Compote' among the starters.
Possibly to be followed by 'Roast Lamb Chump with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach & Rosemary Jus'; 'Roast Duck Breast with Roast Balsamic Beetroot, Cauliflower Mash & Horseradish Cream'; 'Grilled Sea Bass with a Warm Salad of Olives, Green Beans, Roast Tomatoes & Parsley' and 'Tagliatelle of Roast Mushrooms, Red Onions, Sage & Parmesan with a Baby Leaf Salad'.
If you still have room, 'Ginger Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce & Cream'; 'Dark Chocolate Marquise with Crème Fraîche & Fresh Berries' or their selection of West Country cheeses might tempt you.
Freshly-made sandwiches and other light snacks are also offered at lunchtime.
- Food Style: British Traditional
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-13.45, mains £10.50 to £12.50 plus light snacks
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-20.45, mains £11.50 to £14.50
- Seats: 40
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at £14
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Rooms available