We arrived for mid-week lunch (this having been recommended to us many times). It was a cold day, and the effect of stepping into the front door with the open fires being lit was delightful. Being such a centuries old building it certainly needs those fires to keep it warm and cosy. The menu was perfect, with a fairly small number of options for the three courses, which I love. The Broccoli and Stilton soup could not have been more tasty. The nice chunk of seedy/grainy bread was of excellent quality. I chose the slow cooked pork with apples and mustard cream sauce. It was a 4.5 out of 5, as there was too much sauce (although it was very good) and the potato cake was a little below par (perhaps not fresh on the day?). My husband had roast partridge with a red wine sauce, and he said that this was also 4.5 out of 5 (perhaps a slower cooking and a bit of resting would have made it more tender). We loved the traditional 'bowl of fresh vegetables', super mashed swede and carrot, garden runner beans and cauliflower. My husband then had the Trifle - a bit mundane compared to the starter and main courses. However, we will surely return. The service was excellent. It is so refreshing to find a proper pub with good beer and good honest home-cooking. Perhaps paring down the menu even more could help chef achieve that 'fresh on the day' perfection that we all crave.
- Also Known As:
- The Peacock Inn Chelsworth, Suffolk