Great Country Pubs all over the regions, such as The Cat Inn at West Hoathly (Sussex), the Royal Exchange near Bordon (Hamp) and The Wiremill in Lingfield (Surrey) are a tribute to how far food has come in rural pubs.
There is an inclination these days to use the freshest ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible. This incorporates the ideals of the Slow Food Movement (founded in Italy in 1986 as an alternative to fast food) and showcases rustic food with a sophisticated edge based on simple intense flavours. A dish of sausage and mash tastes so much better if the pork comes from a local farm rearing outdoor pigs.
With the revival of this British style with a modern twist in many pub kitchens you are likely to see old favourites returning to the menu such as Sunday roast, steak and ale pie or fish and chips. Others prefer to take a more sophisticated approach, fusing spices and herbs with fresh local produce to create innovative dishes, while others have stuck to their grass roots and do what they do best, simple pub grub using the finest ingredients.
Puddings, too, are something of a traditionally British phenomenon and treats such as spotted dick, treacle sponge or apple pie could well appear on the pub menu. For something lighter locally made ice creams and sorbets are a refreshing alternative. As you would expect, establishments in the coastal counties of the often feature locally caught fish and seafood. Wine lists have grown in status and can provide a vast choice, with some exceptionally good vintages from local vineyards. A full English breakfast is normally served to satisfy the hungry visitor before setting out to explore the local area, which generally consists of bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Situated in the charming village of Granborough, this 1600 coaching inn has been completely refurbished since it came under new ownership 2013.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
You’ll discover this quaint little building nestled in the Vale of the White Horse near Lambourn of race-horse fame.
This small endearing building is entered directly off the street through a low cottage-style door to a surprisingly elongated area. Standing in the centre of this lively market town, there is certain...
As pretty as a picture, this 16th-century, cottage-style pub, bedecked with flowers, lays nestled deep in the Chiltern Hills.
Nestled in the heart of the pretty village of Nettlebed, this delightful, red-brick coaching inn dates back to the 14th century.
The Ship Inn sits in a fabulous waterside position at the exact point where the Great Ouse and Little Ouse converge, offering striking panoramic views.
A true delight in the heart of the Meon Valley, well worth the detour to sample robust award-winning food, a homely atmosphere and a friendly welcome.
An enchanting grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century with a very distinctive eyebrow roof. Inside, it remains delightfully unspoilt retaining original features such as the inglenook...