Extensively refurbished in early 2018, locals will have noticed that this small 17th-century Young’s pub now has a covered and heated outdoor terrace area, with tables for al fresco dining and drinks. Alongside exposed brickwork and a working fireplace, a ticking clock and blue wall tiles are a charming nod to the past. The pub is less than ten minutes’ walk from Richmond Station and boasts four characterful guest bedrooms upstairs – perfect for those visiting from further afield.
The food menu offers lunch and evening meals every day, as well as a popular roast on Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays, patrons looking for a quick and satisfying bite to eat can indulge in tasty homemade pizzas from the weekend pizza menu.
We stopped by early on a weekday evening and were impressed by the attentive service and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a friendly locals’ pub, so we weren’t surprised to find a few people drinking solo, reading a book and putting the pub’s free Wi-Fi to good use. There’s a good selection of carefully chosen wine and beer, and the Guinness was the best I’ve tasted outside of Dublin.
I started with mac and cheese croquettes with onion chutney. Small plates such as this provide a popular sharing option, but on its own mine made for a tasty and satiating starter. I chose to follow with the pasta with mushrooms and spinach. Pasta, in my opinion, is hard to perfect, but this was perfectly cooked with just enough cream to add richness to the dish, which was carefully tempered with a hint of chilli – a simple, yet perfectly executed dish. My partner’s beer-battered fish was decidedly fresh with crisp batter, and the accompanying chips were well cooked and lightly seasoned. Other mains include the popular homemade Red Cow beef pie served with mash and lashings of onion gravy. Good-quality ice cream provided a light and enjoyable dessert, but alternatives such as homemade crumble and a decadent, fruity Eton Mess were equally tempting. I finished with a superb coffee from Street & Co, which rounded off a delightful evening.