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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