Join us for a bite to eat

Quite simply, we’re very proud of our food. Our approach to our menu, reflects our ethos – do the simplest things brilliantly well. Our daily specials reflect seasonal variations in produce where our chefs can experiment with the best locally available, including wonderful game through autumn and winter. Our main menu champions local dishes and heritage in most cases with a contemporary twist. Long live the Gastropub!

Something for everyone

Our menu is designed to offer something for even the most discerning palate. Fancy a light snack to share, our loaded sharing platters are great for lunch with a nice glass of wine. Or maybe a little snack to keep the wolf from the door, like crispy whitebait or a little something from Brittany – Moules and frites perhaps.

Looking for something a bit more substantial? We have a great selection of “Gastro” mains as well as the pub favorites that you would hope to find – all cooked with the same care and attention.

Little people are well-catered for too, and you won’t find any nasty ‘cook from frozen’ meals for them – proper food, just slightly smaller portions, and if they are really hungry, perhaps they’d like to share a gourmet pizza, hand made and stone-baked to perfection.

Our chef is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements so if you are looking for gluten-free, vegetarian or anything else for that matter, please do ask and we will always try to exceed your expectations.

Our Menu

Following is our current à la carte menu – we think you’ll agree there’s something for everyone.

Please find some wine recommendations alongside some of our more popular dishes. Courtesy of the Chief Sommelier of our wine suppliers – The General Wine Company.

 SHARING

Stone-baked garlic pizza bread – 4.50
Add caramelised red onions and mozzarella (v) – 1.00
Black, green and pimento olives, marinated with sweet peppers, roasted garlic and cornichons (v) – 3.50
Meze platter, Italian cured meats, Scandinavian smoked fish, British cheese, our own mixed chutney, toasted focaccia – 11.50
Whole baked camembert, infused with garlic & rosemary, baked and served with a warm crusty baguette, olives and crudité (v) 10.50

STARTERS & SMALLER DISHES

Home-made soup, freshly made with local vegetables and served with warm crusty bread (v) – 5.00
Duck liver & port parfait, with onion marmalade, Melba toast – 6.00
Craigellachie Smoked Salmon and King Prawn Mélanger, horseradish cream and lime vinaigrette, served with wild roquette – 6.95
Moules Marinière, steamed in white wine, shallots, parsley and creme with skinny fries or baguette – 6.50*
*Also available as a main
Basket of fried scampi and squid rings, garlic aioli – they’re simple and everyone loves ‘em – 6.50
Bougon Goats’ Cheese, tomato and red onion tarte tatin, rocket, (v) – 6.50
Crayfish & prawn salad, bisque dressing, parsley crème, cheese straw, our version of a classic seafood cocktail – 7.00
Ham hock & pea terrine with pea shoots and red onion marmalade – 6.50
You can’t go wrong with a Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Coudoulis

Crispy whitebait, lightly crumbed with a hint of cayenne and fried in a light oil with our own tartare sauce & lemon wedge – 5.50
Spiced Tiger Prawn & Salmon Fishcakes, flavoured with chilli, coriander, lime leaf with a pickled cucumber & pak choi salad – 6.95
Delicious with Viognier Morita, Argentina


SALADS

Chicken & Stilton Salad, chargrilled chicken with Tuxford & Tebbutt Blue Stilton, mixed leaves, French beans, walnuts, grapes and pomegranate dressing – 8.50/12.00
Butternut, Seeds & Feta Salad, pomegranate pearls, herb leaves, parsley infused olive oil – 5.50/9.00*
ADD, Strips of seasoned roasted chicken served warm 2.50, or smoked salmon 2.50
Thai beef salad, tender beef strips, crisp leaves, Julienne of crunchy vegetables gently warmed with sesame oil and seeds and finished with a Thai marinade with a little lift of heat – 8.50/12.00
Tastes even better with a glass or two of Shiraz, Darling River, Australia

MAIN COURSES

Pan-seared breast of Gressingham duck, sweet potato and red onion Lyonnaise, wilted spinach and rocket with an orange and pomegranate reduction – 16.50
Delicious with the Rioja, Corcuetos Tinto, Bodegas Navajas

Duo of Lamb with red cabbage, pea purée and fondant potato – 17.00
Salmon Teriaki, roasted salmon fillet, julienne vegetables, stir-fried egg noodles and teriyaki sauce – 14.00
Chicken Saltimbocca, (breast of chicken stuffed with cheddar and sage, wrapped in streaky bacon) sweet chilli & brie sauce, wilted spinach, fondant potato – 13.00
Moules Marinière, steamed in white wine, shallots, parsley and cream with skinny fries or baguette – 12.00
28 day aged Aberdeen Angus Steak, hand-cut chips, onion rings, confit mushroom, herb-roasted tomatoes, wild garlic butter sauce or peppercorn sauce: sirloin – 17.50 – rump 14.50
Fantastic with the Malbec Organic, Domaine Bousquet, Argentina

Baked peppers filled with vegetable and stilton crumble, quinoa, tomato and herb salad (v) – 12.50
Pork tenderloin with orange & rosemary glaze served on braised cabbage with crispy bacon mash – 14.00
Vegetable nut roast, apricots, goats’ cheese, tomato & onion sauce, hatch of green beans (v) – 11.50

GROUSE & ALE PUB FAVOURITES

Farmhouse Pork Sausages, from award-winning butcher, Alan Plested, in Thame, creamy mash, rich sticky onion gravy – 11.00
Rebellion Beer Battered Haddock, light crunchy batter, proper hand-cut chips, mushy peas, our own tartare sauce – 12.50
Add some style with Sauvignon Blanc, Wild Rock, Marlborough, New Zealand
Treacle Glazed Gammon Ham, de-salted, boiled, glazed and baked with love, Lacey’s free-range eggs, hand-cut chips – 11.00
Guinness braised shin of beef pie, the meat is braised low and slow before being wrapped into a full shortcrust pastry pie with mash, steamed vegetables and gravy – 11.00
Gourmet burger, from our sister company Blue’s Smokehouse recipe, toasted deluxe floured bun, crisp salad, beef tomato, relish, onion rings, gherkin, proper hand-cut chips – 10.50
“Gild the lily” with a Primitivo, Tacco Barocca, Puglis, Italy 

Add – Taw Valley mature creamy Cheddar or Tuxford & Tebbutt Blue Stilton – 1.50, crispy bacon – 1.00, pulled pork – £2.50

PIZZAS

We make all of our own dough bases, hand kneading the finest 00 Italian flour, lightly seasoned and set aside for proving. We then hand roll and stretch to order, topping with the freshest ingredients and baking in our stone-based pizza oven.

Stone-Baked Garlic Bread (v) – 4.50
Add caramelised red onions and mozzarella (v) – 1.00
Margherita – Tomatoes, mozzarella, oregano and basil (v) – 8.00
Piccante –  Pepperoni, chorizo, tomatoes and jalapeños – 11.00
Caprino – Tomato sauce, red onion marmalade, goats’ cheese, red peppers and pine nuts, fresh pesto and basil leaves – 11.00 (v)
Carne – Italian sausage, chorizo, pepperoni, chicken and chillies – 13.00
Pollo – Torn griddled chicken, herb-roasted tomatoes, Mediterranean vegetables – 10.50
BBQ Pulled-Pork – Tomato, mozzarella, Blue’s Smokehouse pulled pork, peppers, onions and Blue’s sticky BBQ sauce – 11.00

PIZZAS ARE AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY – PLEASE ORDER AT THE BAR

(Grab a cheeky one while you wait : )

SIDES – 3.00 ea

Proper Hand-Cut Chips
Skinny Chips (Plus Cheese 70p)
Sweet Potato Wedges
Onion Rings
Rustic Bread Basket With Dipping Oil
Seasonal Vegetables
Mixed Leaf Salad
Tomato, Red Onion & Basil Salad

SANDWICHES

(Monday – Saturday) Our evenings get quite busy, so we only offer sandwiches at lunch times during the week and Saturday for those grab & go, quick stop lunches

Freshly baked, hand cut white / wholemeal bloomer or baguette, served with crisps & home slaw

Home-baked Gammon, tomato, dijon mayo – 4.50
Prawn & Marie Rose sauce, leaves – 5.50
Home-made Fish Finger & Mayo and pot of tartar sauce – 6.50
Chicken club, Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato, toasted – 7.00
Sirloin Steak Ciabatta, red onions and leaves – 7.50
Roasted Peppers, Mushroom and Brie Ciabatta pesto dressing (v) 6.00

Add fries to any of the above 2.00

CHILDREN’S MENU

Proper chicken goujons & skinny chips – 6.50
Sausage & mash with onion gravy – 6.50
Home-made fish fingers & skinny chips – 6.50
Pasta with tomato sauce, topped with cheese – 5.50

DESSERTS – 6.00 ea

Warm double chocolate fudge cake with pouring cream
Make it indulgent with Elysium Black Muscat 

Chef’s Crème Brûlée, home-made shortbread biscuit
Tarte au Citron, with raspberry sorbet
Tiramisu
Stollen bread and butter pudding served with brandy cream
Trio of Ice Creams & Sorbets
Beechdean Farmhouse Dairy Ice Cream – Vanilla pod, Double chocolate truffle, Strawberry & clotted cream, Salted caramel
Sorbets – Mango & Passionfruit, Raspberry, Lemon, Apricot and Mango (Sorbets all GF)

ARTISAN BRITISH CHEESE PLATE – 7.50
Taw Valley mature creamy Cheddar, Tuxford & Tebutt 
Shropshire Blue, Trevarrian Cornish Brie
served with 
biscuits, Bara Brith, grapes and celery

 

 

 

COFFEE

Cappuccino – 2.30
Espresso – 2.00
Double espresso – 2.80
Black/white coffee – 2.00
Decaf coffee – 2.00
Liqueur coffee – 4.60

TEA

Traditional English tea – 1.65
Earl Grey tea – 1.65
Herbal teas – 1.75
Peppermint
Green tea
Camomile
Mixed berry

NOTES

For groups of 6 or more, a discretionary service charge of 10% is added

Food Allergies and Intolerances. Before you order your food and drinks please speak to
our staff if you would like to know more about our ingredients.