Chef-patron Mark and his wife Sandra moved to this countryside location in 2014. The fare has since been lauded by the Michelin Guide. Mark’s cooking reflects the abundance of fantastic produce in the area, with free-range Watlington pork, vegetables sourced from local allotments, and game from nearby shoots all used in his dishes. As if all this wasn’t keeping them busy enough, Mark has also developed a passion for making artisan bread, which is available to take home.
The menus reflect the pub setting, with traditional favourites such as homemade pies, fish and chips, and the ever-popular Berrick venison burger given a gastronomic touch. This is enhanced by fresh seafood daily specials and signature dishes such as seared pigeon with spiced plums, black pudding fritter, and truffle toast, and a range of home-cured and -smoked meat and fish. Classic desserts from crumbles to sticky toffee puddings with homemade ice cream end every meal on a sweet note.
All of this is delivered with a smile by the friendly and enthusiastic front-of-house team, who ensure everyone receives a warm welcome. Families with children are well catered for with both food and fun in the garden, where there is a fenced play area for younger ones to enjoy.