After a manic, whirlwind morning that involved, quiet possibly, my worst parenting performance to date (we’re still in relatively early days, so plenty of opportunity to get worse), a late lunch at the Bertie Arms offered up a much-needed break for both me and Wilma. The highlight of my abysmal parenting skills? Forgetting lunch for us both, which led to a very tetchy and hangry Wilma . Thankfully, the calming ambience of village life, flows through the Bertie Arms and within a few minutes we were sinking back into the soft, comfy couches and imagining the fire in front of us flickering away. Perhaps a blessing in disguise though, as I fear there would have been a couple of snoozing, drooling fools if it had been lit!
Just a few miles out of Stamford, The Bertie Arms sits on the main road in Uffington but neatly tucked away from all the traffic whizzing past – perfect if the winter sun is makes an appearance and you fancy sitting in their beer garden. Reopened a couple of years ago, the current owners have done a great job of bringing the village pub back to life, and not just by throwing some new paint up the walls. They also set about creating a proper village pub atmosphere where kids (and dogs) are genuinely welcomed. From highchairs and changing facilities for the littlest of ones, to books and board games for the bigger ones. And if, like us, you sometimes resort to a little bribery every now as a means to control the little tinkers, there’s a cheeky chocolate bar display dotted upon the back bar.
Food is clearly a big deal for the guys at the Bertie. If you’re up and out early, then try the homemade cakes and fresh coffee served up daily from 9am. Later in the day, the lunch menu offers simple pub classics, but done exceptionally well. Burgers. Fish and Chips. Omelette etc. Or if you, or your little ones, are after something a little more adventurous, there’s also a regularly changing specials board with locally sourced ingredients, fresh fish and seasonal game on offer.
Keep an eye out for some of their family meal deals too – last Monday was ‘Feed the Family for £30’ which offered a 2 course sharing plate for 2 adults and 2 kids, with tasty dishes like Fish & Chips; Beef Pie or Roast Pork Bubble and Squeak. If you’re looking for less traditional pub grub, then be sure to head to the ‘Bertie Lane’ food hut when it’s open – the food offering sounds incredible with varying Tapas dishes as well as Jamaican Chicken, BBQ pork, Spiced Chickpea Patties all for £4 a dish. Yum!
A wonderful place to visit if you are looking for a super relaxed, chilled pub, where you can soak up a little slice of village life for a few hours. But don’t be lulled into thinking the Bertie Arms is a quiet boozer. For a Friday lunchtime, in a little village, the place was bustling and the front door barely stayed closed. Which says a lot about the Bertie when you think of the number of equally good pubs just up up the road in Stamford. Booking (or at least calling) ahead is definitely a sensible idea, especially if you need a bit more space to accommodate a highchair or pushchair. Otherwise you’ll be wrestling the kids back into the car and arguing over the next place to try and grab lunch.
Pub Crawl: October 2019
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