Some fairly ominous research recently showed that we now rely on imports for 40% of our food requirements. This essentially means that we are now at the mercy of foreign nations and their food production, whilst simultaneously ignoring the great produce on our doorstep. So it’s great when a venue such as The Sun really put its heart on its sleeve and highlights how easy and delicious local produce can be.
Just twenty miles from central London, within easy reach of the M25, The Sun at Northaw offers all the values of a traditional country pub without the having to drive miles out of town. The gloriously restored 16th-century white brick building is full of character and benefits from a fantastic setting on a green in the picture-perfect village of Northaw.
Walk into the main pub area and you’ll find a stunning curved bar decorated with stained glass and a snug complete with original fireplace. Diners have a choice of two carefully renovated dining rooms, both with exposed brick work and antique mismatched wooden furniture set upon solid stone and bare wood floors. There is also a large and beautiful beer-garden, with a golf-course perfect lawn in which to take in the country air, sip on a pint and munch on some delicious bar snacks
Chef/owner Oliver Smith (formerly of Inn the Park) has put together an interesting take on a traditional British seasonal menu, filled with produce from the East of England. There is even a special food map on each table to show the locations of producers. The menu changes regularly to provide the best produce, so there are plenty of specials to supplement the core menu.
Starters included a simply stunning dish of Razor clams with smoked bacon & garlic as well as a big chunk of Wild rabbit terrine. For mains, the Fillet steak was juicy and flavoursome, although a little chewy in parts, and was served with delicious chips cooked in beef dripping. Dr Dodgy was also impressed with her generous Rump of lamb in a delicious gravy reminiscent of mulled wine and rich gratin potatoes. Desserts were a wonderfully creamy and fresh tasting Gooseberry & Elderflower Fool with delicious pieces of ginger nut and a dangerously moreish Treacle tart which cleverly had subtle strands of lemon zest running through it.
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £58
The Sun at Northaw
Herts, EN6 4NL
Tel: 01707 655507