Driving around the beautiful Northumberland countryside, looking for something to do on a quiet Saturday afternoon, we found ourselves in need of some hearty food.
This is when we found the Village Inn, a small, quiet pub located in Longframlington, a quaint village five miles South-East of Rothbury.
The minute you step inside the Village Inn you feel a sense of warmth about it, and not just because of the gorgeous fireplace, surrounded by comfy leather chairs which you could just melt into.
The place is small, there is an area to sit about five sets of diners near the bar, and a bigger place to dine up a couple of stairs.
We decided to sit in the quiet area, and it really was peaceful, as we were the only ones there for eating.
The menu contained a small variety of freshly made pub classics, with a specials board to choose from too.
For starters I was tempted by the potato skins with garlic and sweet chilli dips. My partner opted for the goats cheese fritters in batter, served with a cranberry sauce.
The skins were crispy and well seasoned with a good dose of black pepper. The garlic dip was an explosion of garlic, and a perfect dip for the crunchy skins.
The sweet chilli dip was really sweet and not very spicy, but was a good alternative to the constant garlic kick.
The goats cheese was delightful, the soft cheese melted in your mouth as you bit through the crunchy tempura batter, and then you’re hit with the slight sourness from the cranberry sauce.
For main I wanted to sample the locally source meat that the Village Inn are so proud of, just located two minutes down the road, the only way they could be more local was if they had cows in their back garden.
So, because of this, I choose the burger, with homemade chips and coleslaw.
My partner also sampled some of the beef with the steak and ale pie, also with homemade chips, cabbage, carrots and parsnips.
Our mouths were wide when the dishes arrived, each enough to feed two, but they looked extremely delicious.
The irregular shaped, thick burger had a strong meaty taste, seasoned with what seemed like just loads of black pepper it was gorgeous. It really did show off the local beef. The soft white bun, the tangy relish and salad all worked beautifully with it.
The mountain of chips were fifty-fifty, half were perfect, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle. The rest were too well-done, but I couldn’t eat them all anyway.
The coleslaw, pleasantly coated in salad cream, was a great accompaniment, crunchy and creamy, what more do you want?
As I sat there full to the brim I was tempted by the chocolate and beetroot brownie that appeared on the specials board.
But my stomach was telling me no, so I decided against the tasty sounding dessert.
But it’s the perfect excuse to go back again.