A rural gastropub nestled in a quiet village is one of life’s pleasures, and The Unicorn is one such venue that delivers on every front. We visited on a crisp winter’s day and were welcomed by a roaring fire and homely ambience, with traditional decor including exposed beams that showcase the pub’s 17th-century origins. After receiving a warm greeting from the friendly staff, we were excited to see if the food could live up to our high expectations.
The menu features a selection of tempting dishes, and after much deliberation I opted to start with chargrilled chicken satay paired with guacamole and dressed leaves – an unusual combination that proved utterly delicious. My wife was absolutely delighted with her garlic and onion soup, which was perfectly balanced and had a subtle sweetness that brought the flavours together. For the main course, I was craving comfort food, so I couldn’t resist the hearty homemade lasagne. This classic Italian dish was as rich and satisfying as I’d hoped, and came served with a crisp side salad. My wife chose smoked haddock and leek risotto with poached egg, which was masterfully complemented by honey and mustard, creating a deliciously unique dish that satisfied in every sense. To round things off we shared beautifully smooth orange crème brûlée with mango sorbet. We left most impressed – The Unicorn has certainly made regulars out of us.