Traditional 18th-century pub with seasonally inspired menus
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
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 Paul Tingay at the helm, bread, preserves, sauces, terrines, soups, pasta and much, much more are all made on site.
Closed: 25 December evening and 26 December evening