The Andover Arms is true a gem. This atmospheric, cosy wateringhole is full of charm and the welcoming interior is equally matched by the friendly hospitality of its helpful, efficient staff. We settled down at a candle-lit table and cast our eyes over the tempting bill of fare.
For starters we savoured the meze board: brightly coloured roasted red peppers and charred artichokes accompanied delightfully fresh and zesty hummus, flavoursome chorizo sausage and moreish souszouki. The preserved chicken liver pâté comes highly recommended – it’s exceptionally smooth and paired with spiced apple and plum chutney and toast.
If you’re a seafood-lover, the pub’s superb freshly caught sea bass is for you. Lightly seared, succulent, tender flakes of white fish were bedecked with slices of fennel and complemented by delicate samphire, saffron potatoes and palourde clams served in an exquisitely piquant tomato and crustacean bisque. My guest thoroughly enjoyed their porchetta pork belly accompanied by flavoursome bubble and squeak and crackling. I think I’ll be back to sample the 28-day-aged sirloin steak; it’s rich, tender and cooked to perfection.
The exciting drinks list offers an impressive selection of wine, not to mention seasonal craft beer. What more could you ask for from a local boozer?