The Four Bells Inn
The Four Bells Inn is a lovely rural pub and restaurant in the pretty village of Woodborough, just a few miles from Nottingham. Surrounded by excellent walks, this pub is family- and dog-friendly. Located in a quirky Tudor-style building, the pub also has a fabulous garden with lots of facilities for the kids. Owners Craig and Gaynor have placed the emphasis on creating a vibrant, seasonal and varied menu, emphasising the “Best of British” food with ingredients sourced locally wherever possible, including fruit, vegetables and herbs fresh from the pub’s own allotment.
The menu highlights the provenance of the food, from Hambleton Bakery’s sourdough and Tony Wright’s sausages to Maxeys Farm Shop’s Huntsman’s Pie with the Ploughman’s. There are daily specials, a selection of small plates (we loved the baked camembert with home-smoked garlic and sourdough toasts when we visited), main meals (from a leg of lamb ‘gigot’ steak to pancetta-wrapped monkfish or Lincolnshire Poacher pie), salads, bavette or picanha rump steaks, bar snacks, homemade puddings and, of course, the traditional roast on Sundays. The Four Bells’ menu stands out as just that bit different from your usual pub fare.
Combined with friendly service and a good selection of ales and wines, this pub is an excellent reward after a long walk in the Nottinghamshire countryside.
By Abby Brennan, Nottinghamshire editor