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The Vale of the White Horse Inn
COTSWOLD FOOD & DRINK Review
Location, location, location - that is what comes to mind when you first glimpse the Vale of the White Horse Inn. In a magical rural setting, beside its own lake, this spacious, beautifully restored historic inn has everything to offer even for the most demanding customer. There is a choice of informal or formal, traditional or contemporary settings, from the Village Bar or Lakeside Sports Bar for a drink with friends, to the Main Dinning Room for fine dining with its adjoining raised terrace offering al fresco overlooking the lake. There is also the Garden Room restaurant offering a more open and airy family atmosphere. For that special occasion, up to 200 guests can be catered for in private dining and banqueting rooms.
Five talented chefs prepare local produce and cook to order, from simple bar snacks, bar meals and Sunday lunches to an impressive A La Carte Menu available in both the Main Dining and the Village Bar and all at very reasonable prices! There are always several vegetarian options and the chefs will happily cater for guests who have specific dietary needs or food allergies. The fine dining restaurant offers customers a traditional setting, with its original stone walls, oak floor and beams and impressive twin fireplaces. The relaxing ambience is aided by candlelight and immediately encourages a romantic evening.
The menu is varied and exciting, with a clear emphasis on choice and quality of dishes, supplemented by ever-changing Specials. I thoroughly enjoyed the home-made soup of the day - creamed Stilton and cauliflower - accompanied by warmed rustic rolls , while my partner opted for the exquisite home-made salmon, ginger and coriander fishcake, served on a bed of mixed leaves with curried cumin mayonnaise. This dish, along with most other starters, was also available as a main meal, with the larger portion priced at a reasonable £8.50.
The beautifully braised lamb shank, topped with a flat parsley and rosemary crust, served on peppered onion mash, with a roasted garlic and mustard sauce also ranked very highly with other diners, who were overheard murmuring contentedly as they discussed the merits of the dish. My 9oz Scotch fillet steak was succulent; cooked exactly to order and served with a choice of chips, black pepper Béarnaise and salad, it will fondly linger long in the memory.
To follow, the zesty orange, lemon and lime tart with mango dressing provided a very refreshing way to end the meal. Traditional, comforting favourites, like the warm crumble with custard and the sticky toffee pudding, with white chocolate sauce, and crunchy hazelnuts were equally irresistible alternatives.
This is a sophisticated establishment producing high quality cuisine at commendable prices with excellent service, but with a deceptively relaxed atmosphere, which immediately makes you feel amongst friends! There is an excellent selection of locally brewed traditional real ales, and a wide-ranging variety of wines. The Vale of the White Horse Inn is exactly what the doctor ordered fine, quality cuisine at a sensible price in the perfect location.
THE TOURIST BOARD - information-britain.co.uk
A beautifully restored historic inn …….. combining the village pub with a destination-dining house really works here, and its increasing popularity is well deserved. High quality at sensible prices is the ethos.
This is a sophisticated establishment producing high-quality cuisine at commendable prices with excellent service, but with a deceptively relaxed atmosphere which immediately makes you feel amongst friends. There is an excellent selection of locally-brewed traditional real ales, and a wide-ranging variety of wines. The Vale of the White Horse Inn is exactly what the doctor ordered – fine, quality cuisine at a sensible price in the perfect location.
Cotswold Food & Drink Guide
The Vale of the White Horse Inn combines a traditional village pub with fine dining offering the perfect venue for all needs. A visit here will be well remembered and The Vale of the White Horse Inn will quickly become a favourite destination for both lunch and dinner. Booking for the main dining room is recommended.
North Wiltshire District Council northwilts.gov.uk
Fresh produce is sourced locally and cooked to order by a team of five chefs. Home smoking and curing of both meat and fish is done on the premises, and the Vale of the White Horse Inn has held the Wiltshire food and drink award.
This business has enjoyed numerous glowing reviews over recent years and its popularity is well deserved.
Specialities are too numerous to mention, but game in season and various vegetarian dishes are among them.
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This handsome and beautifully restored inn overlooks its own lake and in summer, sitting out on the large raised terrace surrounded by rose beds, it's hard to think of a better spot. The lower ground floor originally provided stabling for horses, and nowadays the village bar still serves the local community well. Here you'll find a good selection of real ales and a range of sandwiches and simple bar meals. Upstairs, lunch and dinner are served in the stone-walled restaurant with its polished tables and bentwood chairs. The menus offer something for most tastes, with starters including stilton, onion and sweet pepper quiche; and home-cured Bresaola beef salad. Main course options range from beer-battered cod and chips to roast chicken breast wrapped in smoked bacon and stuffed with brie, with daily specials featuring the likes of aubergine risotto, or baked salmon fillet with a black olive crust.
Hidden Places Review
The Vale of the White Horse Inn is a very handsome and substantial historic building located on the eastern side of the village of Minety, on the B4040 six miles east of Malmesbury and about eight miles south of Cirencester. Built from blocks of natural stone, floored in oak, set in large grounds and overlooking its own lake, theres no more pleasant a place to dine in summer than sat on the terrace overlooking the lake and surrounded by the abundant floral displays. Equally attractive are the garden and lawn areas around the lake where light meals, snacks or simply a quiet drink can be enjoyed. Inside, there is choice of three dining areas and two bars, each offering a different ambience.The Main Dining Room has two open fires and French doors leading onto the terrace. In this atmospheric stone-walled restaurant with high-backed cushioned chairs and immaculately laid tables, fine lunchtime and evening meals are served seven days a week.
The four international chefs take their inspiration from near and far: Locally reared beef, game and other fresh produce are a speciality. English classics such as beer-battered haddock & chips or steak, stilton & mushroom steamed suet pudding share the menu with more exotic choices like moules marinière, oriental-style tuna and prawn fishcakes, spicy chicken or beef and noodle stir-fry with a sweet chilli and soy sauce.
A special fixed-price menu booking required a day in advance is available Monday to Saturday lunchtimes and Sunday to Thursday evenings. Under-12s have a special menu. Vegetarian dishes are always available and there is large interesting wine list.
The Village Bar, again with an open fire and French doors leading outside, dispenses five local real ales, six wines by the glass and a selection of sandwiches, ploughmans platters, tortillas, pizzas and the ever-popular Sunday lunchtime roasts. The Garden Room, except when being used as part of the large event venue, operates as a brasserie style restaurant offering light meals and snacks.
The Lakeside Rooms are a series of large bright airing rooms with enormous arched windows and more French doors overlooking the lake. These rooms have been cleverly designed to provide either; one large venue for wedding parties, conferences and the like, or a series of separate rooms for private dinning. The Lakeside Bar offers, a skittle alley and sports room with a 7-foot screen. Other recreational facilities on site include a squash court, pool and football tables and a fully equipped dancing room.
The Lakeside Bar offers, a skittle alley and sports room with a 7-foot screen. Other recreational facilities on site include a squash court, pool and football tables and a fully equipped dancing room.
Luxurious Guest Bedrooms are due on-stream next year and the Vale of the White Horse Inn will be a superb base for touring an area with a wealth of places to visit. The Vale of the White Horse Inn is owned and run by a highly motivated professional team, who started their first restaurant in London in 1987 before moving to Wiltshire in 2002. The chefs are clearly both very talented and highly imaginative. The popularity this establishment enjoys is richly deserved!