The Horse & Groom
As you step through the door of this beautiful 300-year-old coaching house, you’ll find low beams, real fires and intimate tables. The walls are lined with antique pictures that cast you back to the time of highwaymen and lend the interior a feeling of olde-worlde charm. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the staff attentive and the extensive food choice varied, inventive and exciting – we couldn’t wait to tuck in.
Both starters were immaculately presented, showing impressive attention to detail. We enjoyed pan-fried scallops with black pudding fritters, pea purée and lemon dressing, and extremely light and crispy salt and pepper squid. Each dish demonstrated a balance of subtle flavours that set the precedent for our main courses, which did not disappoint. My crispy beef salad with sweet chilli sauce and roasted cashews was like a party on a plate. The braised lamb shoulder with Dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal veg and rosemary gravy was a perfectly hearty dish. Although a traditional meal, it was prepared with the same care and understanding as the more adventurous dishes on the menu – no matter what you order at The Horse & Groom, the look, flavours and textures have wow-factor. The sticky toffee pudding, with its coating of toffee sauce and honeycomb ice cream accompaniment, was as light and fluffy as the brownie’s top was crisp. Underneath that satisfyingly crisp top was a soft, gooey centre. There was no better way to bring our meal to an end.