Refined country house with beamed bar, real ales and imaginative food; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This attractive stone inn has been run with great care by the Willoughbys, husband and wife, for decades. The comfortable and warmly welcoming bar has beams, plenty of panelling, some exposed brickwork, local prints and scenes, a large mirror, and a pile of logs beside a big fireplace. The carefully arranged furnishings give the impression of several separate and cosy areas, with seating including elegant, stylishly mismatched upholstered armchairs; background music. Served by impeccably polite staff, the ales on handpump are Timothy Taylors Landlord and two guests, usually from Yorkshire Dales; also, 13 wines by the glass and 11 malt whiskies. The panelled dining room with its white-clothed tables and stripy upholstered chairs is a suitably smart setting for the seriously good food. There's also some seating outside on a fenced-off terrace with fields beyond. The five bedrooms are well equipped and comfortable and the breakfasts are very good. It's a delight to find yourself here after the tedium of the A1.
The good pub guide food review
Delicious food includes sandwiches, Cromer crab and mascarpone toasties, moules marinière, twice-baked lincolnshire poacher souffle with creamed leeks, crispy onion and chives, wild mushroom risotto with parmesan crisp and truffle oil, braised ox cheek with bourguignon sauce and horseradish mash, Burghley Estate lamb cutlets, shepherd's pie, carrots and red currant jus, and puddings such as dark chocolate crémeux, chocolate soil, caramel and gingerbread and strawberry eton mess with champagne sorbet.
Brownlow Arms, Grantham Road, Hough-on-the-Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2AZ
Weekdays: 6-11 Tues; 12-3, 6-11 Weds-Fri; closed Mon
Saturday: 12-3, 6-11