Fish and chips
This beautiful Tudor style pub is packed to the gills with character and characters. It serves simple pub food and has a wide range of real ales on taps although to be honest we mainly stuck to the wine list. They offer a three course menu for 22. A good starting point is the French onion soup, a simmering bowl of dark liquid made from onions caramalised to the point of sweetness. The soup was so rich that I couldn’t finish it which is a real rarity. Another option was a slice of pale pink chicken liver parfait which was served with slices of toast and onion jam. This was a gutsy parfait bursting with robust flavour.
Fish and chips are raised a notch above the usual pub fare thanks to a light beer batter, decent crispy yet fluffy chips and some creamy mushy peas. It was a little bit of fried food heaven. Alternatively, thick and juicy pork and leek sausages served on a fluffy cloud of mash also delivered the goods. It couldn’t all be brilliant of course and my chocolate fondant pudding for dessert was overcooked so the chocolate sauce was still mainly solid rather than liquid. Let’s just say that minor quibble did not stop me eating the whole thing.