Half of us thinks it’s a real shame that this lovely little pub is so tucked away (FYI – you’ll find it off the beaten track, along one very long, winding road, not far from St Mary’s Lighthouse. Blink, or whizz by too quick, and you’ll miss it), but other half of us thinks this only adds to its charm – it feels like a little bit of a secret and something of a foodie discovery when you rock up to eat. A place for lazy Sunday lunches in the winter and buzzy drinks gatherings come summer.
The pub’s low, wooden beamed ceilings have survived its recent makeover, along with its snug dining areas and laid-back atmosphere, for which it’s famed among locals. It’s not modern or classy – more ‘lived in’ and rustic – but the vibe is infectious, making it the perfect pick if all you feel like doing at the weekend is huddling around a table with family and lots of Yorkshire puds.
All your usual boozy finds, but the bar’s range of traditional ales are top notch.
A mix of comforting pub grub classics, mixed with surprisingly elegant a la carte offerings and vegan and veggie options to suit all tastes and appetites. Go for bar snacks (our picks are the chilli and garlic olives, pickled eggs and tortilla crisps with jalapeños), sarnies and small plates if you’re after something light. Try the goats cheese or smoked mackerel crostinis, black pudding with poached egg or crispy tempura prawns (from £2.95-£7.95). For mains, there’s a real mix, from delicate wild mushroom tagliatelle and pan-fried seabass with lentils, to chunky, homemade steak and local ale pie, locally-caught haddock and chips, slow-cooked lamb and the kitchen’s speciality ‘Beehive Burger’ (from £10.95). Tasty picks for all you vegans and meat-free eaters out there include a chickpea, lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie and a sweet potato, chickpea, spinach and coconut curry – who knew you’d find this kind of grub in an old pub?
After gobbling handfuls of spicy pistachios, cashews and almonds at the bar, our chum and I kicked things off with a small plate each. The Thai beef salad (£5.95) took our fancy; a sweet and sour mix of crisp leaves, tossed with tender strips of meat, plenty of chilli for a fiery kick and a sprinkling of sesame for a hit of oriental nuttiness. Our friend settled on the crostinis (£5.50); think buttery and golden discs, topped with fresh and creamy goats cheese and roasted tangy beetroot, with a perky green bean salad on the side. Both zingy, light on the stomach and packed with flavour to keep your tastebuds on their toes. For mains, it just had to be seabass (£14.95) – one of our favourites. We were, thankfully, served two good-sized fillets, which arrived flaky and tender on a bed of woody wild mushrooms (we loved this combo) and puy lentils that had been simmered low and slow for an almost creamy texture – and braised in red wine, too. Delicious. The crispy straw potatoes weren’t necessary in our opinion (some crunchy veg would’ve been nice), but still, good for mopping up the last of the red wine juices. Our dining buddy tried the famous Beehive Burger (£12.95), deciding to double up on the patties for an extra £3.50 (why not at the weekend). Overall, a real naughty triumph; two juicy burgers encased in a soft and doughy brioche bun, stuffed in oozy, gooey Monterey Jack cheese, salad, crunchy red onion and spoonfuls of jammy tomato relish. Squirt on plenty of smoked chilli-infused mayo and give your skin-on fries a good dunking, like they did, and you’re in culinary heaven. Those going all out can add pulled pork for an extra couple of quid. We said no to puds on this occasion, but if you can’t say no to your sweet tooth, there are gems such as raspberry ripple chocolate brownie, baked lemon cheesecake and good old steamed syrup pudding with custard on offer. Drooling yet…?