Came again for lunch and had steak sandwich, side salad and the most amazing home made chips. I am not a great fan of horse radish but this was very good.
The size of the meal was awesome and as for quality; amazing. You will be disappointed if you want a bargain meal but you get what you pay for.
Staff very friendly and efficient making a lovely afternoon out with the family extremely pleasant.
It is always difficult writing a review when you were a guest of someone else.
A small pub, with a few covers (c. 32?). I guess my son hadn't been there before, as he had requested a table for 8 (including children), and a place away from the other diners. Mainly due to having a 4 yo and a 1 yo in the group. Unfortunately, due to the size of the place this wasn't possible. The pub came recommended apparently. The service was extremely slow given the fact that we had young children and they were getting restless. My daughter-in-law had to ask for them to take the orders in the end.
The restaurant part of the pub was empty by the time we got our mains. Our table was booked for 1 pm and we arrived in good time. We left, in the end at about 3:45 pm. It was a long time with youngsters.
The staff (possibly the owners) were extremely pleasant.
I had as my starter:
Bowl of Steamed Mussels, Shallots, White Wine & Cream £8.00
Pan Fried Calf's Liver, Crispy Bacon, Mash, Greens & Horseradish Cream £13.50
Warm Sticky Ginger Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream & Toffee Sauce £5.50
The starter was superb, and I didn't have to ask for a finger bowl.
I can't believe it was calf's liver. There was very little, and overcooked, and tough. As I say I was the guest so I said nothing.
My wife had the same main, and given the price we were both disappointed. The liver was resting on a bed of mashed potatoes, and the greens were a few sprigs of broccoli stems.
My son had the pork belly, and that looked great.... Wished I'd chosen that instead....
There were a number of items on the men that I also fancied, but I chose the wrong one.
The sweet didn't seem to be homemade, but it was nice, although the alleged stem ginger wasn't found.
The children's menu - is good value:
Fish Fingers, Chips & Peas - Not you normal view of fish fingers, they were big , and definitely homemade.
Roast Chicken Breast, Chips & Peas
Grilled Steak, Chips & Peas - my younger son (9 yo) had this and was very pleased. It had the colour of veal. Cooked medium with no blood.
Vanilla Ice Cream, Toffee Sauce
Two Courses £5.50
They had a very extensive wine list, but I felt slightly overpriced. For example:
2010 Maison Favier Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve des Oliviers, Rhône, France £39.00.
Would I return?
Not with young children.
If I lived in the village, I'd try to sample more.
If I was visiting my son again..... I would suggest it wasn't worth the 12 mile drive from his house....
Shame, because on the surface it does look like they are trying to be a cut above.
A busy pub that does good honest pub meals.
gets very busy at weekends and in the summer with people from the local Raf base.
Family freindly in the day and offering a good counrty pub attmosphere at night.
It a nice place to it outside in the summer and is always freindly, i have never experienced any trouble here.
I cannot recommend this pub highly enough. I went with my girlfriend to Rutland Water one weekend for a few hours walking. This was still when it was pretty breezy in March of this year. After walking half the route distance and back again we were famished and swiftly looked for somewhere to sit and have a hearty meal. We had been in the on-site cafe (which was excellent by the way, although very pricey) and had considered waiting until we got home for something to eat but I am glad we didn`t as we stopped at the Wheatsheaf pub just up the road from Rutland Water. On the country road past the RAF base, in fact opposite the base sits this delight of a pub. I have to say my first reactions were that I didn`t like the look of it, as we had a pub in our village called the Wheatsheaf...not a good enough reason to dislike it really and it proved just how wrong you can be to go on looks alone. It`s a relatively small pub but as we walked in we planted ourselves near the fire. Having been in pubs before to eat I knew the chances were it would be fairly cheap food but at the same time, also not really quality tasting food. Again I was wrong. The prices were fairly standard for a restaurant actually and yet the portions were huge! We had a starter between us and we really didn`t need it as the main courses were very large. It was a lovely meal, great food and wonderful portions and extremely good value for money. Without doubt, the best pub meal I have ever had and cooked to restaurant standards to boot. So go and wear yourself out walking around the countryside and then go and enjoy a warming meal here.
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