A good mix of cheerful customers and well liked food in a busy, family-run pub
The good pub guide review
The streamside garden looking on to open fields is one of the many draws of this appealing village pub in the middle of Charnwood Forest. An attractive stone façade leads to beamed, communicating rooms with traditional woodburners, leather and upholstered banquettes and armchairs, some polished panelling, wooden floors and lots of bird prints. Stools line the counter where five cask ales including Everards Original are well kept on handpump. There are also wines by the glass from a good list, three farm ciders, 20 gins and several whiskies. There's a new roof over the courtyard, to allow for dining in all weathers, and more seats in the garden as well as painted picnic-sets outside the Old Stables; regular quiz and live music nights. The pub is handy for Bradgate Country Park and walks in Swithland Woods. Good wheelchair access and disabled facilities.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable pubby food includes lunchtime baguettes and home-made flatbreads, salt and pepper squid, baked camembert wrapped in pancetta, grilled meats and burgers including brisket burger and vegan burger with beetroot and quinoa, Moroccan-style lamb tagine, salmon fillet with creamy crayfish, spinach and dill gnocchi, and puddings such as raspberry pannacotta, Belgian chocolate cheesecake and banoffi bread and butter pudding.
Griffin, 174 Main Street, Swithland, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8TJ
Pub Group: Everards