What is in theory still a pub, where you can just have a drink, is in reality an ambitious restaurant with rooms.
On the food front, the kitchen headed by Charles Lakin, offers a seasonal menu in a Modern British style using well-sourced ingredients often with given provenance and the kitchen's skill is high, making this a deservedly popular (and much needed) destination for any occasion.
An early summer menu listed 'Crisp Pig's Trotter with Ham Hock, Cauliflower Piccalilli & Fried Quail Eggs'; 'Ballantine of Guinea Fowl & Foie Gras with Globe Artichokes, Wood Sorrel & Toasted Brioche' and 'Tortellini of Lobster Claw, with butter-roasted Tail, Steamed Samphire and Tarragon & Lobster Bisque Foam' among the starters.
'Rump of Romney Marsh Lamb with Hot Pot Potatoes, Kidney & Sweetbread Brochette & Pea Purée'; 'Arkham Valley Summer Truffle & Leek Risotto with Poached Duck Egg & Chive Sabayon'; 'Gunston Court Farm Veal Cutlets with Braised Shin of Veal Pie, Buttered Spring Greens, Potato Gnocchi & Broad Beans' and Roast Loin of Cod, Carrot Spaghetti, Cockles & Capers and Bataille Potatoes' listed among the mains.
Those with a sweet tooth might be tempted by 'Dark Chocolate Brownie with Roast Pineapple & Mango Parfait'; 'Pear Tart Tatin' or 'Passion Fruit Soufflé with Praline Ice Cream' while cheese lovers should be tempted by their selection of local varieties.
Booking practically essential especially near the weekend.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-18.00; set L Tues-Sat £19.50 (3 courses), set L Sun £24.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.30; set D Tues-Fri from £24.95 (3 courses); set D Sat £30.95 2 courses), £38.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 65, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list travels the world, kicking off at £16.50
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Kearsney Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, L Mon; check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available