Having looked longingly at the 'specials board' outside the Old Fleece every time I drove past the picturesque pub on the A46, my partner and I finally got round to visiting.
It's a popular place and even on the weekday evening when we visited, it was busy. Nevertheless service was prompt and attentive and we were made to feel welcome immediately.
It takes time to peruse the menu at the Old Fleece. It's extensive. There are an array of starters, light bites, main meals to suit a vast range of tastes. And there's also an ever-changing specials board.
My partner started with coriander and mint houmous, tomato salsa, spiced olives and warm pitta bread (£4.95). I picked an option from the specials board, fig, parma ham and feta salad (£5.25).
My salad was a lovely combination of flavours, sweet figs with the crisp feta and salty ham.
My partner reported that his houmous and bits and bobs was also lovely - his only moan was that he would have liked another piece of bread! But no doubt the Old Fleece team knew that he should save his appetite for his main course.
Again I picked a 'specials' option; duck breast with a honey and red wine and red cabbage (£14.75) while my partner plumped for sea bream with asparagus and red pesto (£14.95). We both ordered salad and new potatoes as an accompaniment (we could have had vegetables, fries or dauphinoise, potatoes, but we both decided to be calorie conscious).
My partner's whole sea bream was tasty, but he was particularly impressed with his buttery asparagus, generously offering me a spear so I could share the experience.
My duck was faultless, with a gorgeous gravy that would almost justify licking the plate.
The desert list featured traditional favourites such as banoffee pie, raspberry fool, chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and crepes with dark chocolate sauce.
I plumped for a pecan pie with a toffee sauce (£5.25) which was a glorious mixture of rich flavours and textures.
With a few glasses of wine our bill came to £59 for the two of us. Like so many of us it's a rare treat for my partner and I to enjoy a peaceful meal together, and our night out was perfect.
The food was great, service impeccable and the atmosphere perfectly relaxed for a summer evening.