The Emperor masterfully negotiates its twin identities as both a welcoming pub and restaurant known for its superb food and drink, and a popular and versatile events space suitable for all manner of functions and gatherings. Effortlessly blending inviting, rustic surrounds with an air of smart sophistication, it’s easy to feel at home in The Emperor’s interior of polished wooden flooring, open fires, exposed masonry and splashes of antique rural artwork. Opening out onto the garden, where visitors can drink and dine al fresco when the weather allows, the restaurant is flooded with natural light, bringing a sense of the outdoors inside.
The kitchen has access to exceptional-quality fish, meat and vegetables, and this is utilised in starters of smoked salmon and crayfish salad, and pan-fried scallops. When it comes to the main event, think along the lines of lamb chop with rosemary sautéed potatoes, minted greens and garlic jus, and confit pork belly with cider jus – your expectations won’t fall short of the mark. Homemade desserts are something of a speciality here, the homemade chocolate brownie with pistachio ice cream being a particular favourite among the restaurant’s regular visitors.
The team behind the venue has many years’ hospitality experience under their collective belt, ensuring that whatever the reason for congregating here – be it a quiet meal for two, a family get-together or corporate tête-à-tête – a memorable occasion is guaranteed.