The Hammer and Pincers

January 14, 2010

The Hammer and Pincers in Wymewold has provided a couple of the most memorable meals I’ve had in Leicestershire. Danny and Sandra Jimminson are charming people and Danny’s kitchen experience is impeccable. They are keen users of local produce  too, with their steaks – among the best I’ve ever enountered – coming from their village butcher’s own abattoir.  

For the new year they’ve recruited a couple of new chefs, including a Ramsey scholar and a graduate of Tom Aikens in London and Harts in Nottingham.  They’ve also given the menu a rejig, the main evening menu now offering three courses, plus an amuse bouche, sorbet and pre-desert at £29.50, decent value for food this good. I reckon my choice next time could be balsamic roast beetroot and shallot tarte tatin, bosworth ash goat’s cheese and  herb salad, followed by herb roasted lamb rump, gratin dauphinoise, green beans baked in parma ham and provencale tomato, finishing up with  crisp apple tart, almond frangipane, calvados ice-cream and caramel sauce.  

Note that they also do a “first service” menu at just £19.50 for three courses on weekdays between 6pm and 7pm.

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