Review: Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold

Published November 2, 2012

By Matt Wright

It was once home to the village blacksmith but today the Hammer and Pincers in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, is where locally sourced ingredients are forged into delicious dishes.

The local sourcing policy and kitchen work ethic here is top drawer, with owner and head chef Danny Jimminson investing time, money and effort to find the best ingredients grown within a stone’s throw of his oven. And it’s not just so the word ‘local’ can appear as a token gesture on the menus, either – at this restaurant there is a genuine belief in supporting the region’s community of high-quality producers. And once sourced, his team lets the gems they’ve discovered shine, turning them into meals that aren’t overly fussy but still interesting and loaded with taste. The kitchen also makes everything in-house – even the butter that comes with the Hammer and Pincers’ own bread.

The restaurant itself is compact, relaxed and very friendly. There’s a small bar area – serving Blacksmith beer, brewed specially for the Hammer and Pincers’ by Belvoir Brewery, Old Dalby – and three dining rooms. A contemporary feel prevails, with impressionist paintings on the wall, but the character of the old building has been cleverly retained.

A highlight of our lunchtime visit was a smooth chicken liver parfait with toasted raisin bread and a fabulously tangy gooseberry chutney. And the honey-roast ham, fried Cotswold Legbar eggs and handcut chips with HP sauce (HP in this case standing for Hammer and Pincers sauce – a very chunky piccalilli) was excellent. Our meal was accompanied by sparkling Swithland Spring Water from Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, and we finished with Chocolate Alchemy truffles, handmade in Loughborough. It was fantastic value, priced at £12.50 for two courses, or £15 for three. A la carte and a grazing menus are also available.

The Hammer and Pincers also has a nice outdoor dining area, including a children’s climbing frame. And further demonstrating the restaurant’s inclusive, friendly approach, it serves gluten-free pasta and breads, so those with wheat allergies can feel completely at home.

If you love the idea of eating locally sourced, well-cooked food, then come here.
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The Hammer & Pincers is part of Great Food Club.

 

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.