Muddy refuels at Hercules Revived
This independently run, relaxed, grown-up pub/restaurant close to Market Bosworth is well worth making the journey for.
Nestled in the pretty village of Sutton Cheney is where you’ll find The Hercules Revived. This gorgeous bolt hole was bought back to life a few years ago by Oliver and Sian Warner who transformed a tired-looking 17th century coaching inn into what it is today.
We were spending the night at Ettie’s Field (down the road) so the journey to the pub was quite short but the drive – through the lush green countryside – was delightful and would have been even better, if we didn’t have two seriously haaangry kids with us.
Spread across two floors, downstairs is where the locals get together for a pint and chat meanwhile upstairs, opens up into a lovely cosy restaurant area with a completely different look and feel.
Where as the downstairs pub is slightly toned down and casual, upstairs comes alive with a cosy warm interior made up of different restaurant ‘rooms’ which works really well. We were surrounded by rich merlot-coloured walls and decor that had a stylish country feel. It’s worth mentioning that if you wanted a slightly more casual feel, you can choose to have dinner in the bar area downstairs.
We were quite early for dinner because we had the kids with us, but the restaurant filled up pretty quickly with a mixed bunch of friends, couples and slightly larger groups for bigger celebrations. There were no young children in sight (apart from ours) and with the absence of a kids menu, I felt a little paranoid, but the staff, and Oliver made every effort to ensure they were well looked after by reheating food and serving fruit to keep them occupied while we tucked into our mains.
It’s definitely a place that has made quite a name for itself with the locals and out-of-towners and it’s easy to see why – the food is seasonal and so much of it is local – cheese from The Leicestershire Cheese Company, locally reared meat, eggs and milk from nearby farms plus, the service is great and Oliver makes each and every customer feel very welcome.
Ans they’ve made use of their outside space; The Woodshed is where they serve their wood-fired pizza from and there’s also an outdoor Gin Bar. Bonus!
We were eating from the Summer menu and it was packed with lots to ponder over – which we did! Head chef Glyn Windross has worked closely with local producers to create hearty and flavoursome English food which is definitely a notch above standard pub fare.
Mr Muddy went for the chicken kiev, Sweetcorn and potato rosti, garlic butter and sweet cherry tomatoes. My son had the same but a smaller version – a great choice for both of them.
Meanwhile, I started off with the panzanella salad and for mains, moved on to the falafel and field mushroom burger, with chilli jam and hand cut chips.
My burger was a hit too but I could only manage half of it as it was such a big portion but I loved the addition of chilli jam which I smothered all over my falafel.
For dessert we ordered a trio of tasty treats – each one as delicious as the next. There was a Belgian chocolate ganache, a toffee shortbread and salted caramel ice-cream and they weren’t mini desserts either so perfect to share if you’re feeling generous.
Worth mentioning the tasting menus – they’re such a hit that it’s become a seasonal thing. Tuck into a 6 course set tasting menu and each course paired with wines, chosen carefully by owner, Oliver. In addition to this, each month they have a special foodie event – think gin tasting lunches, a four-course Spanish of French banquet and more.
The Muddy Verdict:
Good for: Large groups but equally good choice for an and intimate date with your partner or your gal pals. Upstairs it feels so more than just a pub, so definitely worth the journey for a special occasion. Great spot outside when the sun’s out and you can enjoy drinks from the Gin Bar and pizza from the Woodshed.
Not for: They don’t have a kids menu but did do have high chairs so kids are very welcome.
The damage: Very reasonable. Starters from £5.50, mains from £11.50 and desserts most are £6.25.
Hercules Revived, Main Street, Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire CV13 0AG. Tel: 01455 699336