Whilst looking for a venue to celebrate an 18th birthday with a meal, we were reliably informed that the Village Inn was a suitably ideal place to dine, fair pricing, good food and a friendly service, so we checked it out. Run by Ember Inns, this fairly local public house seemed charming when we visited it on the afternoon of the day to ask if we could leave the cake there for the evening, not only were they pleasant, but reassured us that everything was in hand and that they would adorn the reserved area with balloon and banners that we hoped to put up.
Sure enough on the night, seating for 14 was reserved and had a barrier to stop it being used for general use, and while most of our guests arrived before us, when we did, we were told we could use the area when we were ready. Not being a fan of the cask ales on offer, I was limited to bottled beer or as I had, cider on draught, although other members of the party were more than delighted with the choice.
The food was good, but basic, and more suitable for a lunchtime meal, and this is where I think I may have been disappointed in that there was no evening meals on offer, just “pub grub” which surprised me slightly as it had been recommended to us, although I am well aware that “one man’s meat is another’s poison”, so perhaps I am being a little unfair in my expectations. It was served in staggered formation, but this must be expected of 14 covers at once.
The staff were friendly, courteous and very helpful, especially after I mistakenly assumed that someone would take our order at the table, rather than placing it at the bar, but they very kindly took the order at our places, and it was served promptly. The ownership of the single stray hair was never established, but an adequate apology was accepted.
So, all in all a pleasant time was enjoyed by most, in it’s comfortable surroundings, a great place for a pub lunch, but maybe not a place for an evening meal.