De Havilland Arms
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Following a refurbishment in November 2017, the De Havilland Arms – named after the famed manufacturer of historic aircrafts – retains many traditional features, such as exposed brickwork, a warming fire, and a fresh flower display in old pewter beer jugs on each table. In fine weather the large terrace can seat 60 patrons.
A new brunch menu is now available until 4pm and is proving popular with locals – think full English, French toast, and smashed chilli avocado on toasted sourdough. The small plates of lamb kofta, Buffalo chicken wings and glazed chipolatas are great for sharing between a group and the variety means that there is something for everyone.
For dinner, I opted for the satisfyingly simple potato skins with a cheesy topping, while my partner chose homemade tomato soup – just what was needed on the chilly day we visited. To follow, I sampled small portions of the delicious rigatoni with wild mushrooms and hot, crispy fried tofu with fresh salad leaves. My husband’s spiced hake wit roasted rosemary new potatoes and spinach was also a hit. For pudding we shared treacle sponge with lashings of custard and the berry and frangipane tart from the specials board. Well-prepared coffee rounded off our evening, which was enhanced by the friendly, attentive staff. The bar has both bottled Badger beers and cask options on draught, as well as a comprehensive wine list.