25 High Street, NORTH MARSTON, MK18 3PD
A holy well in the village, reputedly the site of many miracles in the Middle Ages, was reason enough for pilgrims to make the journey to North Marston. Brett and Nadia Newman are a husband-and-wife team managing the kitchen and front of house respectively at this 300-year-old pub. They have worked hard to build local loyalty with their burgers, quizzes, curries and open mic - each having a dedicated evening in the month's social calendar. The weekly changing menus feature home-grown produce in dishes such as roast saddle of venison, celeriac purée, potato terrine and braised red cabbage; and free-range chicken breast, green peppercorn sauce and home-made chips.