The coaches would stop at pubs and inns very similar to The Knife & Cleaver in Houghton Conquest to revive weary passengers. This is a village pub in the heart of a small village, a warm and welcoming pub frequented by locals, families, people travelling further away and even the family pooch enjoy the hospitality!
I was invited to spend the night at the Knife & Cleaver, have a meal and check out how dog friendly it is. Our dog Jonty does love a night away from home with all the comforts. It is such a relief when we can take him with us for a short break that we all have a much better time away from home.
The Knife & Cleaver have nine rooms built outside near the garden, all recently renovated, clean and comfortable. The bed was really comfortable making getting up for breakfast a really big decision to make!!
Jonty loved the plush blanket on the bed and was very happy to stay there however we brought his travel cage for him to sleep in which he happily does.
The pub and restaurant were all decked out for the Christmas holidays. We were given the choice to sit and dine in the restaurant without the dog or sit in the bar area and he could come with us. We chose the bar area and Jonty just nestled himself near our feet whilst we ate a sumptuous meal. After a Friday at work it was a really pleasant atmosphere to relax with a few drinks. Many of the local customers came over to say hello to the dog and have a chat.
Mr R had one of the starter specials of the day which was mussels in a cider and chorizo sauce. Seemed like a weird combination but he said it really worked, using his wedge of home made bread to mop up all the sauce.
I an never resist scallops really enjoying these two baked in the shell on a shallot puree with cauliflower and clementine. A very unusual combination but really refreshing.
Outside there is plenty of space for al fresco dining when the weather if a bit more accommodating and a chance to enjoy the fresh air with plenty of seating as well as a garden area with children's play equipment. All of the nine bedrooms ( two twin, four double and three superior doubles with king size beds and en suite bathrooms) are just outside along the side of the property, a quick walk to the entry to the pub.
You can make a dinner reservation by phoning 01234 930789 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was a guest of The Knife & Cleaver and treated to dinner, bed & breakfast. I was not required to write a positive review. As usual all opinions and photos are my own. Photos may not be reproduced without my written permission.