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Traditional 18th-century pub with seasonally inspired menus

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Garden
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

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, while another local ‘brew’ is elderflower pressé from Belvoir Fruit Farms. With 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 beef burger teamed with Colston Bassett’s world-famous Stilton, while starters from the à la carte might include treacle and lime cured salmon with lime gel and beetroots. For mains, try salt-baked celeriac, barbecue cauliflower, pearl onions and broccoli. Finish with pear parfait with custard, blackberries, and a pear and blackberry sorbet.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December evening and 26 December evening
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Sunday 12-4 7-11)
  • Lunch opening: Monday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Saturday 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Bass, Greene King, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Ringwood Boondoggle, Wells Bombardier
  • Real ciders: Aspall, Cornish Orchards

Price guide

  • Main course from: £15
  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Family room available

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Exit the A46 between Leicester and Newark

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