The Martin’s Arms
British village pubs don’t get much more classic-feeling than the ivy-clad Martin’s Arms, which was named County Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2014-18 inclusive.
Hidden away just a few yards from Colston Bassett’s famous Stilton dairy, it’s a Grade 2 listed enclave of comfort, good beer, and superb food. Once you enter the front door, you won’t want to leave.
The decor is traditional and comfortable: squashy banquet seating, feather cushions, hunting paintings and a Jacobean fireplace festooned with food trophies. A roaring fire crackles in the laid-back bar area when conditions are appropriate, and in the dining rooms beautiful antique furniture and silver candlesticks create a grander air.
The Bar is home to six real ales – including at least one brewed in the vicinity (Castle Rock’s Harvest Pale on our visit) – and boasts an impressive wine list.
Great Food Club’s reviewer said: “A real gem – a haven of good taste and tranquility, offering top-quality food”.
10% off the food bill at the Martin’s Arms for all Great Food Club members at any time excluding Saturday night and Sunday lunch. Maximum of two people per Great Food Club card. The offer is not valid for walk-in diners – you must book on 01949 81361, confirm your Great Food Club membership number over the phone and then present your card when settling the bill. Not to be used in conjunction with other offers.