The Nevill Arms

August 9, 2010

Many Leicestershire people will have rocked up at the Nevill Arms in Medbourne on a warm Sunday lunchtime, sat outside with a pint by the little stream and the ducks and declared that this, without doubt, is the life.   

This weekend was actually the first time I’ve been for a good number of years and  I hadn’t realised that the pub has now developed a thriving bed, breakfast and cafe business and also has a sizeable restaurant out the back.  We went early for a post-work Friday wind down and ended up have a very pleasant dinner.  My lamb steak wasn’t the best piece of meat I’ve had this month but it was tasty enough and taken together with a spicy ratatouille and nicely-done cous cous it formed a perfectly decent dish. Deborah’s pancetta wrapped chicken breast was excellent  and the accompanying potato cake cooked in duckfat was really first rate.  Homemade deserts were superior – a light and airy chocolate torte with some earl grey clotted cream, and a passionfruit cheesecake with a minty mango salsa. 

Nothing here was remarkable but it was solid good cooking at a fair price, served up by friendly and competent young staff.  There’s a “Riverbank”  bar menu of snacks and all in all, given the loveliness of the setting, there’s enough to keep the Nevill very much on your radar for country pubs where you might want to eat.

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