The Wheatsheaf is a beautiful old thatched pub built in distinctive Northamptonshire stone, situated opposite the village’s ancient church.
It is an Everards-owned pub run by Sam and Victoria Tendall (and Alfie, their black-and-tan Jack Russell), who took the reins in May 2014. Both have an excellent hospitality industry pedigree, with Sam having worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Claridge’s and Victoria at Northampton’s Church restaurant.
Since taking over they have turned the pub into something of a dining destination. “Our strategy is simple,” says Sam. “We offer reasonably priced, traditional pub food cooked well and made using seasonal, local, high quality ingredients. We’ve got an allotment out the back that we use and we source from as many local suppliers as possible, including the village butcher.”
One of their biggest aims is to put the pub back at the heart of Dallington’s local community, and their focus, energy and family-friendly approach has led to various village groups starting to visit the pub again and more families coming in too.
Sam and Victoria have also improved the drinks offer, making efforts to stock local beers and ciders from the likes of Phipps Brewery, Frog Island and Bottle Kicking Cider Co alongside the Everards cask ales and a new range of bottled beers from American craft brewers. Their house wines are British – made by Distant Vines – and they serve spirits from craft distillers such as Sipsmith and Northamptonshire’s very own Warner Edwards.