The Maltsters Arms resides in a 250-year-old coach house, attracting customers from near and far. Sitting in the idyllic space next to a Saxon church, this traditional venue in the small village of Rotherfield Greys has recently been extended to add a covered courtyard and beer garden.
With passionate landlords George and Calum at the helm, the past year has been spent transforming the ethos of the venue to actualise their own vision of the long-fabled perfect pub. A trim and tailored menu of regularly changing favourites, such as a great pie and lovely fish and chips, complements a specials board that offers a range of exciting additions. A fantastic three-course roast is available every Sunday, which features delights such as roast beef with all the trimmings, Cumberland sausages with creamy mash and onion gravy, and spinach and ricotta frittata with a tomato salad.
The exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly staff are always on-hand to share the provenance of the ingredients. The level of service at Maltsters Arms really sets it apart, as does the team’s commitment to catering for all dietary requirements, providing options for vegan and gluten-free diners.
To start I chose the crayfish with avocado, rocket and Marie Rose sauce – a light and flavoursome summer dish. My dining partner chose the warm goat’s cheese with red onion jam, almond and cauliflower. The lamb shank with mashed potato, baby carrots and jus was a hearty, seasonal treat. The baked acorn squash with brown rice, wild mushrooms and chestnut left my dining partner suitably sated.
Our desserts arrived in resplendent style. Two fi rm favourites were chosen: blackberry and apple crumble with custard, and the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream, and both exceeded even our high standards. If you’re not sweet-toothed, perhaps plump for a selection of British cheeses to conclude your meal.