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Published January 19th 2015
Where tradition meets culinary experimentation
The Exeter Arms is found in a beautiful village on the outskirts of the Edwardian town Stamford, recently voted the best place to live in the UK by The Times, and the set of films such as The Da Vinci Code and Pride and Prejudice. Nestled at the heart of the village is The Exeter Arms. Its classic country pub exterior and interior means the refined food is even more surprising. Winner of The Food and Drink Award 2012/13, The Exeter Arms' reputation is well-established. At the fore of culinary prowess, the menu rotates with the season using locally sourced produce to create Michelin standard food that will make you want to return every time the food changes.
When I visited, the winter menu was influenced by traditional and Asian classics. For starter, we chose one of each. For the Asian starter there was sashimi tuna, complimented with wasabi gel, sticky cocunut rice balls, and asian garnishes. A mouthful of every element melted on the tongue.
And for the traditional option there was carpaccio of finest Lincolnshire beef, with horseradish foam, fine shards of truffle, exquisite quail scotch eggs and pickled morel mushrooms. I could have had platefuls of the starter, the combination of elements were classic and yet surprising.
For a quintessential British gastro-pub, the food rivals the very best restaurants. The Exeter Arms success lies in the chef's ability to surprise the palate through the combination of classic flavours, cooked using the very best in modern techniques.
If you are looking for the atmosphere of a traditional British pub, and the modern taste-sensations of the best restaurant, look no further.
Food ranges from £7 for a starter and dessert, and £13-£20 for a main course. Current dinner menu is found here
Lunch: Monday to Friday – 12.00noon to 2.30pm
Saturday – 12.00noon to 2.30pm
Sunday – 12.00noon to 4.00pm
Monday to Saturday – 6.00pm to 9.30pm
Sunday – Whilst the bar is open on Sunday evenings until 9.00pm please note that food is not available after 5.00pm