SAPPERTON, Cirencester, GL7 6LE
The Cotswold stone exterior of this village inn has been quietly mellowing for over 300 years; still gently maturing too are the beamed ceilings, unrendered walls, polished flags, bare boards and open fireplaces of the interior. Although most people arrive by car or on foot, horse riders and their mounts are also welcome, and will be able to tie up and water them. Liquid refreshment for humans includes real ales from Butcombe, Hook Norton, Otter and Stroud, and a dozen wines by the glass. Food, from home-made bread to the chocolate truffles that complement an after-dinner coffee, is always freshly prepared. In the garden the chef oversees cultivation of vegetables and salads, while top local suppliers furnish other ingredients. Meals are served throughout four cosy dining areas, each with its own individual character; outside, a secluded rear courtyard and a landscaped front garden make fine-weather dining a pleasure. For lunch or dinner, you might start with ham hock terrine with brioche and chutney; beetroot-cured gravad lax with vanilla mayo; or devilled crab on toast. Main course possibilities include beef cheek bourguignon, parsley mash and heritage chantenay carrots; stew of cod, mussels, tiger prawns, squid, butterbeans and saffron; beer-battered haddock, chips and crushed peas; and parmesan gnocchi, butternut squash purée, kale and pine nuts. There are specials too, as well as ideas for children. And should you want a dessert, try white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry compôte; or sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. Cirencester Park close by, stretches all the way to the town, although it is screened from it by the world's tallest yew hedge.
Tel: 01285 760298
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Flying Monk, Otter Bitter, Hook Norton Hooky Bitter, Butcombe, Stroud Budding
All day all week
11-11 (Sun 12-9)
No coach parties catered.