This excellent foodie pub, with rooms, was converted from three labourers cottages in 1890, but as well as being a 'local' - with wooden floors and open fires - and still having that feel, it's now a destination restaurant in its own right.
Expect the likes of 'Roast Tomato and Red Pepper Soup with a Pesto Crôute'; 'Tempura Battered Tiger Prawns with a Sweet Chili Dip' or 'Mixed Tapas' (Bresaola, Parma Ham, Chorizo, Foie Gras, Feta, Quail Egg and Spicy Peppers) to begin.
Perhaps 'Olive Branch Fish and Chips'; 'Jumbo Lincolnshire Sausages with Parsley Mash and Pepper Marmalade'; 'Honey Roast Gressingham Duck Breast, Rosti Potatoes, Spinach and a Red Wine and Beetroot Sauce' or 'Campanelli Pasta with Roast Butternut Squash and Sage & Almond Butter (also offered as a starter) to follow.
Desserts follow traditional lines with maybe ' Caramelised Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sorbet'; 'Treacle Tart with Yoghurt Ice Cream' and 'Bread and Butter Pudding with Marmalade Ice Cream' on offer. While cheese lovers won't be able to resist their plate of local artisan Cheeses with Date and Walnut Bread.
Very comfortable accommodation can be found over the road in 'Beech House' - which is under the same ownership.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.00 (Sun 15.00); set L Mon-Sat £16.95 (2 courses) to £19.95; set L Sun £25.50; mains about £13 to £25; lighter bar lunches are also offered
- Dinner: all week, 19.00 (Fri 18.00) to 21.30 (Sun 21.00); mains about £13 to £25
- Seats: 48, plus 24 outside
- Wine: a short excellent list covers the globe, and kicks off at around the £17 mark; set D £26 (3 courses)
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Grantham Rail
- Directions: going north from Stamford, leave the A1 at Stretton junction. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available