The Percy Arms
You’d be hard-pressed to find a venue like The Percy Arms. From the outside, the building exudes British charm, in keeping with the style of the picturesque village of Chilworth in which it sits. However, once inside, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to southern Africa. The decor is reminiscent of a colonial hunting lodge, with chandeliers shaped like antlers, colourful rugs on the floor and plush seating adorned with patterned weaves.
If you visit in the daytime, the set lunch menu is excellent value, with two courses priced at just £12.95. Meanwhile, hungrier visitors – or those visiting in the evening – can choose from the à la carte. Starters such as New England clam chowder and home-cured gravadlax are the perfect way to begin a meal. To sample more of The Percy Arms’ offering, there are also meat, vegetable and seafood sharing platters available. Next, treat yourself to something from the grill section of the menu. This is where the skilled kitchen team really shows their talent, cooking delicious options like short ribs and marbled rib-eye steak to perfection. For a taste of the African Continent, opt for something like ostrich medallions drizzled in berry jus, or mild yet flavoursome Durban-style curry accompanied by rice, sambals and poppadoms. Little ones are catered for with their own menu.
For large parties of over 20 guests, The Percy Arms pulls out all the stops with their Braai menu – a South African barbecue. The bill of fare includes chicken peri peri, juicy ribs and traditional boerewors, plus a whole host of sides such as chakalaka bean salad, spicy rice and cauliflower bake.
After your delicious feast is over, forgo the drive home and instead make use of The Percy Arms’ five decadent rooms. Each is individually styled, but Egyptian cotton sheets, a goose down duvet and Wi-Fi can be found in every room. The Ingwe room offers stunning vistas of the surrounding rolling hills, while Ndlov boasts a walk-in wet room and a slipper bath. Surely there’s no better way to begin your morning than with a soak in the tub followed by a full breakfast.