When you stay in a small village and go for dinner at the local pub you expect decent pub grub and not much more. Nothing could have been further from the truth at the Wheelwright.
We started with a couple of drinks before dinner - the Fursty Ferret was as good as any real ale drinker would hope. Then we sat down to eat, and the experience was as good as many top restaurants I've been to.
There were six of us in all; my wife and I, along with another couple, had the meat platter for two. It was absolutely super, and there wasn't a morsel left. For the main I asked for the sirloin but they'd sold the last, so "plan B" was the belly pork which had allegedly been cooking all day. I'd quite fancied the calamari starter before succumbing to the platter-for-two, so we thought we'd have some anyway as a dish to share over the main.
The belly pork was, quite simply, exquisite. How do you make pork so moist over seven hours whilst ensuring that the crackling is so crisp? The vegetables that came with it were lovely, the calamari we shared was awesome, and quite frankly everything was completely wonderful. Those around me who had various mains, from fish and chips to the veggie risotto, were similarly impressed.
Between the six of us we had a couple of drinks before dinner, then three bottles of a lovely Malbec with dinner, plus starters and mains - and including the tip it cost us about £38 per head.
You really don't get better value than this. The quality of the food was as easily as good as the Michelin-starred restaurant we live near (and frequent from time to time), but for a fraction of the price.
Any criticism? Perhaps the staff could have been a little more attentive, but in reality there weren't very many staff and if one beckoned them they were pretty quick to respond.
Eat at the Wheelwright. The food is, quite frankly, a joy to behold, and the entire experience makes you realise that you don't have to go to a pretentious, expensive restaurant to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and unbelievably good food.
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