The Axe and Compasses
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
28 The Street, Braughing, Nr. Ware, Hertfordshire, SG11 2QR
Passing through the delightful village of Braughing we found this traditional, yet excitingly different, gastropub on the main street. While the garden area is an enchanting place to sample the wine or prizewinning beer, inside this 16th-Century grade-II-listed building gastronomic delights can be found. Sensitivity to diners' dietary needs ensures not only that the health-conscious are catered for, but that those with smaller appetites can also sample the range of small plates, which are just £6 to £7.50 each. The restaurant, with its photographs and artefacts from bygone days, makes you feel like part of the local community, as does the food; many of the ingredients are sourced from the local area, including the sausages, which are particularly delicious. No wonder the food here is so good - the head chef once worked under Marco Pierre White, and has obviously picked up a tip or two. Courteous and friendly staff are always on hand to help you choose from the plentiful menu. Starters include a scrumptious chicken liver patéserved with plum chutney, peppered goat's cheese and a roasted Mediterranean vegetable salad. All fish is served fresh daily, and summer specials include delicious grilled bream with an avocado, tomato and red onion salad. Alternatively, you could try the Cajun-marinated chicken thighs or the succulent roast pork with cider and chive sauce, served with a rather inventive black pudding mash - simply gorgeous. There's a good choice of wines and beers on offer too. At The Axe and Compasses families and pets are welcome, and Sunday roast lunches are particularly popular. You may be a little puzzled as to how The Axe and Compasses got its name. The pub's history is well worth exploring and, since space is limited, I'll leave it to you to discover more. In any case, you'll leave The Axe and Compasses satisfied - and you won't need a compass to guide you back.