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
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
The food was great, service impeccable and the atmosphere
perfectly relaxed for a summer evening.