A pub, parts dating from the 16th century, under the same ownership as the Olive Branch in Clipsham (q.v.). The comfortable bar area is full of character, and lunchtime meals can be enjoyed here. There's also a more formal dining room, with a menu offering carefully-sourced and cooked dishes - as many food items as possible are sourced locally.
Expect to find the likes of 'Chicken Liver Parfait with home-made Chutney and Brioche Toast'; 'Roast Chicken and Stuffing Terrine with home-made Chutney' and 'Deep-Fried Whitebait with Aioli Mayonnaise' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Roasted Cod with Horseradish Mash, Spinach, Shrimps and a Tarragon Sauce'; 'Sautéed Calf's Liver with Pickled Cabbage, Rosti and Crispy Bacon' or 'Char-Grilled Rib Eye with Garlic Mash and Grilled Tomatoes.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Pineapple Tart Tatin with Crème Fraiche'; 'Warm Scotch Pancakes with Maple Syrup; or some of their excellent local Artisan Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun, 12.00-14.00 (Sun 16.00); mains from about £10 to £22. A bar lunch menu is also available. Set L week days £14.50 (2 courses); Set L Sun £15.50 (2 courses), £19.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30 (Sat 18.00) – 21.30; mains from about £10 to £2; Mon-Thurs Early Evening Menu £15.50 (2 courses), £19.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 60, plus about 30 outside
- Wine: a concise and good-value list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Bottesford Rail (about 6 miles)
- Directions: See the map on this page - or from the A1, take the A52 towards Nottingham, then follow signs to Belvoir Castle, after a further 2 miles/3km turn left to Stathern
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, D 25th & 26th Dec, Jan 1st
- Outside eating