Upmarket dining pub with a good range of drinks and modern British food, and attractive garden
The good pub guide review
This handsome inn is nestled in a lovely village steeped in royal history ' Richard III was born in Fotheringhay Castle in 1452 and Mary, Queen of Scots was executed there in 1587 (only the castle earthworks remain now). Run by a hands-on landlady, there are winter log fires in stone fireplaces, fresh flowers, cushioned slatback armchairs, bucket chairs and comfortably cushioned window seats and bare floorboards. The atmosphere is enjoyably civilised and warmly welcoming. The Orangery restaurant opens on to a charming lavender-surrounded terrace with lovely views of the splendid local church behind and the attractively planted garden; plenty of seats under parasols. The thriving little locals' tap bar has a fine choice of drinks including Bombardier, Sharps Doom Bar and a guest from local breweries (perhaps Digfield, Kings Cliffe, Nobbys or Oakham) on handpump, 17 good wines by the glass and eight malt whiskies; darts team and board games. The tranquil River Nene runs through the village and the church is worth a visit.
The good pub guide food review
Excellent modern food from a seasonal menu makes good use of produce from local estates. Dishes include duck, cabbage and plum terrine, chalk-stream trout with tomato consommé jelly and wasabi leaf, Deene Park venison wellington with pommes purée, red cabbage and damsons, Burghley Estate lamb (cannon and deep-fried shoulder) with parsnips, black kale, sherry and apricot jus, roasted coley supreme with parsley and tarragon crumble, poularde clams, saffron potatoes and vermouth sauce, spinach, pine nut and feta roulade with watercress, apple and potato salad, and puddings such as strawberry eton mess and rum baba with vanilla chantilly and roast banana.