The Sir Charles Napier is an idyllic, family-run, country restaurant with beautiful gardens and beechwood walks as well as sculptures by Michael Cooper.
Housed in a red-brick, wood-beamed place built in the early 19th century with an exuberant flowering garden and vast immaculate lawn that’s beautiful and so well-maintained, it is named (along with ten or so other English pubs) after General Sir Charles James Napier (1782-1853). It has been described as an old-fashioned inn that melds the traditional with the quietly modern.
The main dining area is this sunny parlour, surrounded by balcony doors that let the afternoon light flood in. It’s the right balance between “grown-up but not stuffy” and easy-going. There are little bronze animal sculptures all around the tables, so you might easily find yourself having lunch overlooked by the Owl or a little Bear.
The food is considered wonderful, perhaps even some of the best food in the county – reflecting the seasons, the setting and the superb craftsmanship of the kitchen. This beautiful little gem offers a joyous breadth of menu plucked from the surrounding countryside.