Last year’s One To Watch, the Pointer at Brill, Buckinghamshire, is owned by a local farmer who has recreated a butcher’s shop at the back of the pub where rare breed meats are sold.
The Pointer has three AA Rosettes and was announced Michelin Pub of the Year 2018, yet is very much a pub in character and style in the picture book village of Brill.
Former head chef Mini Patel left the pub in 2017, making way for Sebastian Bielecki’s promotion from sous chef to head of the kitchen.
The pub is often up for awards and accolades, and was most recently a finalist in the Best Destination Pub category for the Muddy Stilettos awards.
Making use of the surrounding countryside, the Pointer serves its own seasonal produce in the relaxed and welcoming setting of the pub.
The Guardian recently named the gastropub as having one of the country’s best Sunday roasts, alongside many of its other fellow Top 50 Gastropubs.
Guests who want to spend a little more time admiring the pub’s surroundings can stay in one of the luxurious rooms on offer from £130.00 per night.
But the dining is what it’s all about, with starters including the likes of: Pointer Farm Pork terrine with piccalilli, crispy endive and beer muffin; soused line caught Cornish mackerel, marinated fennel, onion, dill and lemon dressing; and tartare of Longhorn beef, egg yolk puree, wild leek, capers and sourdough wafers.
Mains include: Pointer Farm middle white suckling pig with mashed Maris Pipers, farm vegetables, caramelised apple puree and a scrumpy cream (for sharing); Bucksum Farm sweetcorn risotto with chargrilled sweetcorn and black trompette mushrooms; and roast Yorkshire grouse with Savoy cabbage, pancetta, fondant potato, bread sauce and juniper gravy.
To finish, expect dishes like: pear and blackberry frangipani tart, cider sorbet and set cream; lemon meringue pie with lemon sorbet and lemon verbena puree; and sticky medjool date pudding with butterscotch sauce and milk and honey ice cream.