The Peacock Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Peacock is a farmhouse-style building nestled amid glorious countryside not far from the small village of Cutthorpe. From the outside, the pretty exterior looks every bit the quintessential country dwelling, but step inside and you’ll find several charming and spacious dining rooms and a cosy bar. The back garden even has a pleasant sheltered patio area and children’s adventure playground.
This gastropub has everything you would expect: an elegant interior, attentive staff who know what they’re talking about, and a menu of fine dishes in addition to pub classics. Dishes are prepared and cooked to order every day by Andy, the head chef, while manager Tim is on-hand to offer recommendations. On Tim’s advice, we dived into the Sunday lunch set menu.
My husband chose the pressed chicken Caesar terrine while I enjoyed smoked salmon with piquant lemon and caper dressing, with just the right balance of salty and tangy flavours. The roast dinners were grand: thick, tender slices of lamb and beef with cauliflower cheese, a tangle of greens, glossy honeyed parsnips and carrots, light roasties and airy Yorkshire puddings. My husband’s dessert was envy-inducing – a smooth, velvety chocolate cheesecake with shiny, tangy berries. My deconstructed Eton Mess was an interesting take on the time-honoured combination of fluffy meringue chunks, mixed berries and thick clotted cream. Washed down with a glass of merlot and one of the four local hand-pulled beers, the meal was superb from start to finish.