Church Lane, KIRKBY LA THORPE, Sleaford, NG34 9NU
Heavy beams, open log fires, antique furnishings and original watercolours - this destination dining pub fulfils the brief when it comes to original features and traditional character. The French-trained chef-proprietor prepares everything on site, from breads to desserts, and local ingredients get star billing on the extensive seasonal menus. You could perhaps choose a platter of Lincolnshire stuffed chine and haslet, mixed pickles and home-made chutney; locally shot pigeon and red wine pie; or Thai garlic and coriander salmon fillet with buttered noodles. The good choice of desserts might include sticky toffee and date pudding, butterscotch sauce, toffee ice cream and custard. Wash it down with a glass of wine from a well-considered list or a Lincolnshire ale from the 8 Sail Brewery, brewed in Heckington Windmill.