Last weekend we went out with Mark’s Mum for a pre-Mother’s Day Sunday lunch. The Pot Kiln in Frilsham near Yattingdon in Berkshire is a fantastic restaurant specialising in game – you might remember their Pavé of Fallow that made it into the special mentions on My Top Food Experiences of 2017.
The restaurant is in a beautiful rural setting and looks out over green countryside, often with horses in the nearby fields. The decor is an unpretentious blend of homely country pub and sophisticated dining which I think sums up the restaurant perfectly. An eclectic collection of objects decorate the windowsills from old maps, to books, and old pots.
Now without further ado – on to the food! We all chose the ham hock and game terrine for our starter. The chunky, meaty terrine came wrapped in savoy cabbage leaves and served with a delicious ale chutney – I loved that it had tiny florets of cauliflower in it.
Then it was time for the show-stopping main courses. Mark and his Mum went for the Braised Fallow sharing platter with gorgeous, dark, glossy braised meat sat atop a mountain of veg, potato and gravy. I had the partridge, but it was the trimmings that sold this dish to me: game stuffing, bubble & squeak, and bread sauce.
I wholeheartedly recommend the Pot Kiln for its homely ambience, friendly and knowledgeable staff, countryside surroundings and consistently brilliant food.