Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Refectory is set in a charming converted ancient barn and boasts exposed beams, high ceilings, leaded lights, open fires and chunky wooden tables arranged in a rabbit warren of alcoves. Old stoneware is used as ornamentation and on each of the well-spaced tables is a small stone jar containing fresh daisies. Outside, you’ll find a lovely terrace and garden for al fresco dining on warm evenings. Yet The Refectory is certainly not just a pretty face; the food served here is something special too.
My starter of white onion and cider soup was hearty and very satisfying. For my main course, I plumped for fish pie, filled with salmon, smoked haddock and prawns. Coconut noodles, cashews and pak choi accompanied my companion’s spicy sea bass and king prawn laksa.
Although almost too full to manage a dessert, we just had to try the much-recommended sticky toffee pudding, and, after just one bite, could understand why it is a local favourite – it was easily one of the best we have tasted.
If you simply wish to enjoy the ambience while sipping a beer, The Refectory has a large range of cask ales as well as a carefully chosen wine list. With second-to-none service, a unique setting and a focus on local, seasonal ingredients, The Refectory is not to be missed.