The Thatched Tavern
This pretty 16th-century tavern exudes olde-worlde charm, with low-beamed ceilings, flagstone flooring and plenty of nooks and crannies. In the chilly months the real log fires make it super cosy and the whole pub is suffused with the delicious smell of mulled wine. For warmer weather there’s ample space outside, with a pretty leafy garden, a sheltered patio and an attractive decking area.
A warm welcome from attentive staff, coupled with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere has much to do with The Thatched Tavern’s appeal, as does the varied menu and wine list. I was delighted to find a range of fish courses available, and chose the Cornish crab, chilli, garlic and chervil linguine, which had all the trademarks of a future classic. My companion opted for the soft duck Scotch egg with tomato chutney, which was perfectly runny and did not disappoint. For my main course, I chose a juicy 10oz grass-fed black Angus rib-eye steak, while my companion plumped for the succulent roasted haunch of venison. Both were delicious and cooked with precision. For dessert, a beautifully presented creamy lemon posset went down a treat, as did the sumptuous triple chocolate brownie, which my companion told me was the best she’s ever tasted. Feeling rather spoilt and pleasantly full after our meal, we concluded that we must visit again soon.