The slogan of The Inn On The Green is ‘your community, your local’, and I dearly wish we did live closer. When we visited on a Thursday evening, the pub was buzzing inside and out with a wide variety of customers, including couples with small babies and large dogs, groups of colleagues out for after work-drinks, and friends on their way back from the leisure centre.
I was expecting standard pub grub, and this was anything but: in fact, it was some of the best pub food I’ve tasted. The friendly staff told me that the chef loves working with pork, so I opted for the special of pig’s trotter stuffed with chicken mousse and served with wild mushrooms. The textures and flavours were worthy of a high-end restaurant, as was the presentation: the creamed mash was so smooth it had never heard of lumps, and it came topped with a Parmesan tuile and crispy crackling. The roast marrow and yard bake from the selection of small plates formed the perfect accompaniment.
My partner’s ‘cow burger’ was twice as chunky as a normal burger and was served in a homemade brioche bun with cheese, pickles, bacon and onion jam, coleslaw and chips. He enjoyed a pint of Buncombe from the impressive array of ale and cider on tap, while I succumbed to a divine chocolate ganache cake with Horlicks ice cream. Even though we don’t live locally, we will certainly be back.