School Lane, COLSTON BASSETT, NG12 3FD
At the heart of village life since the 18th century, the pub takes its name from Henry Martin, MP for Kinsale in County Cork, who was the local squire in the early 19th century. In the pretty village of Colston Bassett in the Vale of Belvoir, this striking Grade II listed building occupies a quintessentially English spot on the corner of a leafy cul-de-sac close to an old cross. Overlooked by the church spire, the one-acre garden incorporates a croquet lawn. Close to National Trust land, the pub is surrounded by ancient trees in the estate parkland to which it belonged until 1990, when the current owners, Jack Inguanta and Lynne Strafford Bryan, bought it, undertaking to maintain its character and unique atmosphere. This they have clearly managed to do, since much of the interior will transport you straight back in time, especially the Jacobean fireplaces and the period furnishings. The bar has an impressive range of real ales, with Castle Rock Harvest Pale waving the flag for the county, while another local 'brew' is elderflower pressÚ from Belvoir Fruit Farms. With new head chef Andrew Brookes at the helm, bread, preserves, sauces, terrines, soups, pasta and much, much more are all made on site. Classic pub dishes include a pie of the day; fish and chips and a beefburger teamed with Colston Bassett's world-famous Stilton, while starters from the Ó la carte might include smoked salmon, yuzu, pickled fennel, barbecue cucumber and seaweed cracker. For mains, locally shot pheasant with apple and black pudding sausage roll, grains, celeriac and truffle, mushroom ketchup. Finish with duck egg custard tart, rhubarb, white chocolate and pistachio Arctic roll.
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Marston's Pedigree, Bass, Greene King IPA, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Ringwood Boondoggle
12-3 6-11 (Sun 12-4 7-11)
25 Dec eve & 26 Dec eve
Coach parties catered.