If you’re looking for a charming traditional establishment with great food and cheerful service, you’ll find it all at this 17th-century pub. Outside there’s a lovely garden that’s ideal for soaking up the summer sun, and when the weather turns cooler you can head inside the pub to enjoy the warmth of the open fire and the cosy scent of wood embers. Diners can tuck themselves away in one of the snug little nooks or sit in the light, open restaurant.
Along with fish and chips, Sunday roasts and award-winning pies, I was delighted to find plenty of interesting vegan options on the menu. Dishes such as salads and burgers are customisable too, meaning that all tastes are catered for. From the excellent selection of starters, we opted to begin with rabbit and pork terrine complemented by pickled blackberries, and juicy lamb kofta offset by fresh tzatziki. Chargrilled rose veal steak with creamy mushroom sauce and Dauphinoise potatoes followed for me, and my partner delighted in his venison pavé from the specials board, which was accompanied by mash, glazed heritage carrots and beetroot.
Part of the Hall & Woodhouse family, The Gardeners Arms’ ethos is to make sure everyone is made to feel most welcome – even down to the dog – and it certainly shows in the warm, friendly service and convivial atmosphere. Combine this with delicious food and a great selection of tasty Badger Ales and you’ve got everything you could require in a traditional country pub.