Thatched House is a cut above your average local boozer. As we stepped inside this 1850s pub on a winter’s evening, its beautifully lit, cosy interior, with well-spaced wooden tables and an open fire, made us feel instantly at ease.
My partner kicked our feast off with the plump and juicy pan-fried scallops with sundried tomatoes and salty capers atop a bed of puréed fava beans. I opted for the pan-fried Greek saganaki cheese teamed with pomegranate molasses, caramelised pear, thyme, honey and the satisfying crunch of roasted pecans.
We followed with tender rib-eye steak with golden French fries and fragrant garlic butter, and I simply had to go for the whole grilled sea bass accompanied by roasted baby vegetables, tomato, and crunchy fennel salad; it was fabulous. We succumbed to a moreish sticky toffee pudding paired with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce to share, and sampled the chef’s cheeseboard, which came with crackers, delicious homemade walnut bread and quince jelly.
The Thatched House also has a terrific, reasonably priced wine list; most of which you can try in carafes, allowing you to sample to your heart’s content. We certainly left feeling content – after you’ve settled the bill, take a walk in the nearby park. This tip-top pub is a go-to for a romantic evening meal, all-important business lunch, supper with friends, or post-work tipple.