The Berkeley Arms
The Berkeley Arms provides an oasis of calm in the form of a traditional country pub serving outstanding seasonal food and good beer.
The beautiful village of Wymondham deserves a pub as good as this, and the Berkeley Arms is a superb country pub, offering good service and excellent food and drink.
Inside is a quarry-tiled bar area with wooden furniture and cosy fireplace surrounded by comfortable sofas. The ancient wooden beams on the ceiling point to the building’s age – it dates back to the 16th century. In an adjacent room there’s a slightly more formal dining area. There’s also a snug ideal for family groups.
Head chef Neil Hitchen, originally from Uppingham, uses local, seasonal ingredients throughout his cooking, and changes the menu daily. “Villagers bring me all sorts of ingredients,” he says, “from blewit mushrooms to apples to partridge and pheasant from the local shoot. It’s fantastic that everyone gets involved – we’re really grateful.”
Expect starters such as Lincolnshire Poacher soufflé, followed by the likes of rump of lamb served with aubergine and tomato casserole, rounded off by apple and blackberry crumble or a cheeseboard comprising Lincolnshire Poacher, Clawson Stilton and Somerset brie.
The reviewers at Greatfoodmag.co.uk wrote: “Excellent – our slow-cooked beef brisket was packed with flavour and was as tender as they come. The beef had been marinated for two days in red wine and aromatics, before being cooked for 12 hours.”
The Berkeley Arms is the perfect place to eat like a king, then doze off on the sofa in front of the fire.