Monday, 26 July 2021

New landlords are making their mark

LANDLORDS George Thomas and Calum Miller have been in charge of the Maltsters Arms for just three months

LANDLORDS George Thomas and Calum Miller have been in charge of the Maltsters Arms for just three months — but already it feels as if the pair are well established, writes David White.

Regular visitors who step inside the Rotherfield Greys pub will notice that it has been completely refurbished but still has that cosy and intimate feel.

Add to that a well-stocked bar, extensive wine list, a wide-ranging menu and exceptional customer service and it’s no surprise that the Maltsters Arms continues to go from strength to strength.

The food too is nothing short of excellent and features a good balance of pub classics, vegetarian options and more exotic and seasonal dishes.

The classics include beer battered haddock, chips and mushy peas, an 8oz beef burger, mature cheddar and smoky bacon with coleslaw and chips and a 10oz rib eye steak.

To start I decided to try the chicken pâté, red onion jam and brioche — and I wasn’t left disappointed. The pâté was rich and smooth but the tang of the jam made for a pleasing combination when spread on the buttery brioche. My companion had the whitebait, served with a garlic mayonnaise. The portion was hearty and the whitebait cooked to perfection — crispy, yet not greasy and still full of flavour. The creamy mayo added a freshness to the dish.

For the main course I ordered the lamb shank, served with mashed potato, baby carrots and roasting juices. The lamb, of which there was plenty, was beautifully cooked, tender and almost falling off the bone, while the combination of the creamy mash and slightly al dente carrots worked well.

All the right flavours were there — put simply, this was good food cooked exceptionally well. A festive venison and chestnut pie, again with mash and vegetables, proved a popular choice with my companion.

Those with big appetites won’t be disappointed. The puff pastry was light and buttery and complemented the rich meat and gravy. The creaminess of the mash offset the meat, which, with peppercorns in the sauce, provided a pleasant balance of flavours.

For dessert I chose a white chocolate cheesecake with a light topping and decadent biscuit base. The fluffy sticky toffee pudding had a distinctive ginger flavour and was served with a cooling salted caramel ice cream packed with caramel pieces.

It’s clear that George and Calum care deeply about the food and drink they serve and this comes across from the moment you set foot in their pub.

The pair say they provide good, honest British food cooked and served by people who love what they do — and after an evening at the Maltsters Arms I wholeheartedly agree.

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