This traditional pub in the pretty village of Haddenham has been skilfully transformed into a contemporary restaurant, successfully melding rustic charm with a sophisticated modern twist. The team, led by a chef-patron who perfected his craft at a Michelin-starred restaurant, produces fine food sourced from local suppliers.
The menu changes regularly, depending on what fresh ingredients are in season. Artistic presentation, clever flavour combinations, locally sourced ingredients and elegant cooking are the hallmarks of this fine eatery. I started with locally sourced quail breast and confit leg; the flavour and texture of which was divine. My partner chose saffron risotto with mussels and chorizo, which looked so good I had to steal some to try formyself and can confirm that it too was wonderfully tasty. My main course was a perfectly cooked haunch of venison and smoked creamed potatoes, with an inventive crispy artichoke skin. My companion selected classic battered Cornish haddock and chips with seaweed tartare sauce. This was fish and chips elevated to a higher level, and proved utterly delicious. We couldn’t resist dessert: a chocolate and Amaretto torte with salted caramel ice cream, and a sticky toffee pudding with rum and raisin ice cream from a local artisan producer who uses milk from his own Jersey cows.
Word of this restaurant is sure to spread quickly; I suggest you visit and sample the great food and friendly, laid-back ambience for yourself.