Nestled down a quiet country lane in the hamlet of West End, The Candlestick is well and truly off the beaten track – but it is worth discovering. Taken over by father-and-son team Peter and Oliver Rawlins in the summer of 2016, the country pub is a haven of relaxation, boasting a friendly laid-back atmosphere.
The à la carte menu provides a choice of seasonally changing mains and pub classics, all at exceptional value. To start, I chose the ham, leek and black pudding hash, topped with a soft quail’s egg, which perfectly balanced the punchy ﬂavours and textures beneath. My main dish was braised shoulder of lamb, accompanied by carrots, swede purée, sautéed potatoes and mint gravy. The succulent meat fell off the bone and was truly delicious. My dining partner sampled both the soup and pie of the day – carrot and coriander, and steak and ale respectively and both dishes were faultless. The Candlestick proved they are top of their game when it comes to delivering tasty, hearty fare.
A couple of true British classics – apple and pear crumble and bread and butter pudding – tempted us to ﬁnd room for dessert, and we headed home full and content. The Candlestick offers a sandwich menu for those wanting a lighter bite. Its idyllic setting and dog-friendly policy makes it a popular spot for walkers