Every foodie needs a list of cracking country pubs across the South West, and Marshfield’s traditional tavern merits a mention in your little black book says Kathryn Lewis
Just eight miles from Bath and thirteen from Bristol, you couldn’t feel further away from the hustle and bustle of the cities than at The Catherine Wheel. The 17th century inn has long been the centre of this charming Cotswold village, fuelling the flock of weary walkers and country callers as they pass through.
VISIT FOR a fine bill of ales adjusted by the season, and pub grub in portions that’ll see you through to spring. Build the natural winter layers with hearty venison casserole dotted with doughy dumplings, cranberry-dipped, deep-fried brie and rib-stickingly-good toffee pudding doused in custard, just a handful of the dishes threatening to disgrace any good intentions.
DON’T VISIT for an amorous evening for two. With locals spilling over at the bar and a lively menu of events, this is not necessarily somewhere to whisper sweet nothings.
WE LIKED the stack of board games squirrelled in the corner. After a feed of such epic proportions, a couple of rounds of Scrabble to see off the effects of a bottle of red is a good idea before heading home.
INSIDER’S TIP A short drive from the National Trust’s Dryham Park, get the gang together for a stomp around the ancient deer park before refuelling the herd with a top notch Sunday lunch at the inviting inn.
What we ate (dinner)
Starter Duck and pork pâté with toast and chutney
Main Venison casserole with herby dumplings
Dessert Sticky toffee pudding and custard