Welcome! A warm welcome! That is the over-riding impression which greets customers at The Carnarvon at Teversal - and it doesn’t stop there.
The pub was refurbished a few years ago and has built an enviable reputation locally since, which means it is often essential to book in advance.
It retained the unique Ship Room, where DH Lawrence is reported to have penned the ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, and added the Glasshouse extension last year.
The owner’s welcoming introduction on the menu sets the right tone for an enjoyable dining experience.
In fact, the only problem you will have is choosing from a very extensive menu which has been revamped. Previously, I have opted for an always soft and tasty liver or the novel idea of three main courses in one, the Triple Combo which includes steak and fish.
This time I went for something different - a tasty steak and stilton pie, including plenty of stilton for an added bite.
The other mains at our celebration Sunday afternoon dinner included a moist chicken and thyme risotto and a tuna loin in a Mediterranean sauce.
Clean plates all round, but what is unique is the offer to replenish salad, chips, new potatoes and vegetables. So there is no excuse to go away hungry; as I said a warm welcome, which extends to complimentary water (still and sparkling)!
If you have room for desserts, again you are spoilt for choice. So many have a unique twist.
If, like me, you can’t make your mind up, go for the ‘Give Me Five’ - a small portion of five of the most popular puddings, including the piece de resistance, the Rich Chocolate and Peanut Stack. Chocolate and caramel, layered between a chocolate brownie with roasted peanuts and a peanut butter crunch - heaven!
Our only complaint came from mum. ‘Bring back the salmon with a watercress sauce’, she said. Well, mum, they have; I noticed it is on the Christmas Fayre menu, so we will be going back!
The Carnarvon is at Fackley Road, Teversal. It is open all day, tel 559676 or go to www.thecarnarvon.co.uk