Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
A glance at the menu shows that chef David Siddall revels in the traditional, with an innovative twist. My starter of asparagus was teamed with a sensational garlic and potato salad garnished with the tiniest melon balls I've ever seen, topped off with a hot sweet chilli sauce. It looked and tasted exquisite. My guest was intrigued by a dish titled 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' - half a lobster on fancy leaves with a party of prawns - but finally plumped for superb queen scallops with mozzarella on ciabatta instead, which left her feeling equally luxurious. A main course of woodland mushrooms in a filo basket with Dijon and cream sauce was another triumph; the piquancy of the mustard brought out the earthiness of the fungi perfectly. The flavours of my guest's pan-fried sirloin steak were enhanced by fine strips of capiscum and a meaty jus - not a shred was left on the plate.
The dessert menu here is a pure exercise in Englishness. Treat yourself to treacle sponge with custard, tangy lemon and lime tart, or a smartly presented strawberry and cream brandy snap basket. Once your meal is over, enjoy a coffee in the glorious garden and ponder the wonders of the Great British inn - nobody does it better.