As we arrived at this charming pub we were greeted by the sight and scent of a cosy wood fire burning outside in the garden area. Inside, the buzz of contented diners and drinkers created a jovial, welcoming atmosphere – it’s no wonder this is such a popular venue for social get-togethers.
After enjoying an ale tasting at the bar and plumping for a pint of flavoursome Fursty Ferret, we took our seats and perused the menu. There’s an array of tempting dishes on offer, as well as a selection chef’s specials. My partner started with tasty smoked mackerel rillettes served with sourdough croutons, while I opted for the special of halloumi cooked in wonderfully light tempura batter accompanied by crunchy pickled vegetables. We followed with hearty meat dishes, and my partner didn’t stop enthusing over his rose veal sirloin all evening. My seared duck breast was mouth-wateringly tender with flavoursome crisp skin, and came served with Dauphinoise potatoes and fresh vegetables. For dessert I thoroughly enjoyed the coffee panna cotta with caramelised walnuts, while my partner tucked into a satisfying apple and sultana turnover with custard. Throughout the meal our friendly, knowledgeable waitress ensured we were well looked after, which made a wonderful meal all the more enjoyable. Whether you fancy a delicious meal or a simple drink with friends, The Gardeners Arms is the ideal destination.