September 27th, 2016

REVIEW: The Churchill Arms in Paxford – hidden gem in the countryside

Updated: 3:47 pm, Feb 13, 2016

THE CHURCHILL Arms is a cosy pub nestled in the countryside which provides good food, great service and a lovely, romantic and candle lit atmosphere.

It is so easy to never discover the hidden gems which are tucked away into the little villages which surround our towns and cities and this Paxford pub is one you may want to try out.

 

We arrived early and were given a warm welcome before we were asked if we preferred to sit and have a drink at the bar or to be shown straight to our table. We opted for quickest route that would get us our food – we were delighted with the prompt and quick service we received especially when our bellies were rumbling like nobody’s business. The waitresses were also polite and accommodating but not too overbearing which was nice.

To start, we ordered some tasty, homemade, crusty bread with garlic butter and a bowl of Cauliflower soup, rapeseed oil and artisan bread. The bread was delicious and a great but light way to start the meal off. The cauliflower soup was also lovely and creamy but I did have to admit was a dish more for a more acquired taste.

For our main course we opted for pork T-bone, apple, crackling, sage and mash along with a 450g sirloin steak on the bone and chips.

The pork was juicy and delicious and was really complemented by the half-baked apple and mouth-watering crackling. You could tell the chefs had put in a lot of care into its presentation. The dish had been drizzled with a lovely gravy with wondrously strong flavours which went well with the creamy mash potato which I would have been able to sit and eat all on its own.

The steak was also juicy and succulent, although a sirloin steak would not have been our first choice of cut, being that we were more fillet or rump lovers, we were pleasantly surprised by it.

We were quite full from our mains so we asked for two spoons and a Valrhona chocolate mousse and banana ice-cream. This was really nice and was just the right size. It arrived quickly and like the other dishes had been presented impeccably. The creamy chocolate mousse was bursting will beautiful strong flavours which went super well with the banana ice-cream. The dish also had an interesting twist with a sprinkle of popcorn. The added crunch gave the dish a really great texture.

While there we also noted the pub was offering a mouth-watering Valentine’s menu featuring a variety of dishes to be chosen from a set menu, including the chef’s infamous Smoked Haddock Souffle with Chive Veloute, an exuberant Beef Wellington to share and Churchill’s Chocolate Pudding with Honeycomb Ice Cream.

Visit www.churchillarms.co.uk for more.

 

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