Situated in the Hamlet of Kersall, near Newark, these single storey cottages are set in 1½ acres…
“A village pub-restaurant open early until late”
Tucked away deep in the rich farmlands of the Trent Valley, this beck-side village inn is one of a small chain of quality dining pubs owned by the Hope family. An imposing rose arbour, created by a former vicar of the village church across the water, is a feature of the much extended 16th-century cottages at the core of the pub. Fans of the hop can expect a glass of Black Sheep alongside further guest ales; wine-lovers have a choice of 24 by the glass. Beams, oak floorboards and rustic farmhouse-style furnishings characterise the traditional-style interior; outside is a sheltered terrace and lawned garden. The modern, mostly pan-European main menu changes regularly, offering a stimulating choice to satisfy most palates. Starters might be local pigeon breast with spiced roasted pumpkin, celeriac remoulade and popped wild rice; leading to confit pork belly with a black pudding bonbon, caramelised apple purée and parmentier potatoes; or pan-seared sea bass. A daily-changing set menu is now available and gourmet evenings add further spice to the mix.
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About the area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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