This Medieval inn was lovingly restored in 2010, but with a contemporary twist. The restaurant is light and airy during the day, yet warm and seductive in the evenings. With its 700-year-old timber frames, huge open fire and sunny terrace for the summer, everything about The Wellington is exceptional. Food from the wine-matched menu is freshly made to order, with the ingredients locally sourced where possible. Dishes range from a traditional fish pie to the more adventurous saffron-baked lamb shank. The numerous chalked lead boards list the specials and the dish of the day. The pudding boards are brought to your table offering delights such as white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry coulis or double chocolate brownies, which are to die for.
Many of the wines you'll find at The Wellington have been personally sourced by the owner from the Australian d'Arenberg vineyard; help from d'Arenberg is provided at the table thanks to entertaining explanations about the naming of the wines, such as the Lucky Lizard Chardonnay and the Footbolt Shiraz. Chester Osbourn, the wine maker, helped to match the wines with each dish - a great help to guests, considering the full and varied wine list.
The staff at The Welly really do care about their guests and are informal yet attentive. For something special, stay in one of the six stunning bedrooms above - all unique in their style and design. Exposed brickwork, plate glass and timber frames combine with iPod docks and espresso machines. Four-poster beds, a fire that can be lit in the winter, slipper baths in some rooms, plump cushions and fluffy duvets make for a very special stay indeed. Whatever your reason for choosing The Wellington, you are in for a treat.