The Stilton Cheese Inn
Wander past this 16th-century inn and you’ll be struck by the building’s traditional exterior. Brimming with historic charm, the interior boasts all the features you’d hope to find: wooden beams, horse brass and open fireplaces allow the old and new to exist in harmony.
If you arrive with an appetite – which we highly recommend you do – the hearty portions won’t keep you feeling hungry for long. The restaurant is spread over four interconnected rooms, which creates an intimate feel. Head chef Mick has more than 15 years’ experience under his belt, so he knows the importance of top-notch produce. The Stilton Cheese Inn receives daily fish deliveries and fresh ingredients from trusted suppliers.
You might like to start with Highland smoked salmon with lemon, or breaded deep-fried Brie served with rocket leaves and a ginger and cranberry dip. Main courses follow suit and include favourites of liver and bacon served with fluffy mash, garden peas and gravy, and homemade lasagne, as well as a juicy homemade burger served with chips and fresh salad. Specials are revised daily and tend to include homemade pies and casseroles, and on Sunday, there’s no better way to spend lunchtime than tucking into a roast.
Those with smaller appetites can choose from the children’s menu, which is priced at £5.95 for a meal with ice cream or sorbet. From the lunchtime special menu, you can tuck into one course for £5.95 and two courses for £9. The team knows that the portions are hearty, so can always create smaller versions from the main menu if required. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly team. The two bars stock fine malt whisky, real ale, various wines and a selection of brandy, all of which can be enjoyed next to the fire in winter.
Private events such as cocktail receptions, business lunches and special dinners can be hosted here too, as The Stilton Cheese Inn aims to maximise the space. If looking to stay the night, there are six comfortable en-suite rooms housed in converted barns – you’re bound to get a good night’s kip in the king-sized beds.