The Marquess of Exeter is a charming country pub that has recently come under the new ownership of Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded chef, Krishnapal Negi.
The pub is located in Lyddington, Rutland (which happens to be the smallest county in England). I fell in love with the pretty floral village as we drove in, especially the colourful doors on the red limestone cottages.
The Place to Eat, Sleep and Drink
Marquees of Exeter has 17 “Inn” Style rooms. They are simple, clean and work perfectly for those exploring the area. It is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists.
The location of the pub is perfect and the best part is you can expect to come back to a great meal on return from your adventures and a good night’s sleep. All rooms are B&B and in the morning expect to find a good cooked Full English.
At the country pub, you can enjoy authentic Indian cuisine created by Krishnapal Negi or a hearty classic pub grub.
The pub and the restaurant have a relaxing ambiance making it comfortable for all. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and in some of the rooms too.
They have a meadow at the back to enjoy a drink or food in Alfresco style. There is also a fire pit for those who want to enjoy late summer evenings and a spot of tar gazing.
Throughout the pub, expect service with a smile. Stefanos was the manager stepping in when we were there and he was helpful.
During our stay, we had a comfortable night’s sleep. The room had a double bed, shower over the bathtub and basic amenities. The pub has plenty of free parking too for guests.
Now the main reason I went to the pub was to enjoy food made by the award-winning chef Krishnapal. Having enjoyed the food in 1947 London, where he was before, I had to try out more of his cooking at Marquees of Exeter. If I lived closer I would definitely switch between pub grub and Indian cuisine.
The Indian menu is small at present so Chef Krishnapal gets a feel of what his customers like. More vegetarian dishes will appear soon too. On our visit this is what we tucked into:
Wild mushroom cake: A perfectly consistent mushroom patty with spicy chickpeas coved with a slightly sweetened yoghurt, sev, coriander and pomegranate. A twist on the classic chaat and so enjoyable.
Chicken 65: Many places serve Chicken 65 however they do not get it right. The coated chicken should be deep fried and well spiced with garlic and chillies yet juicy. Chef Krishnapal made it how it should be.
Butter chicken: A creamy spicy curry sauce with succulent chicken. The texture was perfect and the dish was presented with a swirl of cream.
Lamb Masala: Lamb pieces in a rich tomato sauce flavoured with freshly ground spices.
These main dishes are served with buttery pulao and Naan. We did notice they had Truffle Naan and asked if we could try this instead of the plain one. OMG, I have never had it and it’s so delicious. Ok, it is not the best pair with curry because of the strong flavour but it is so tasty on its own or with the sides. The naan was freshly cooked in a Tandoor too.
Aloo jeera: Potatoes tossed with cumin, tomatoes and well-cooked spices
Baby corn & palak masala: Not sure why I have never tried baby corn and spinach together – they make such a perfect pair. The vegetables were cooked with garlic, onion and tomato. Simple but tasty.
Pindi Chole: Chickpeas cooked with onion, garlic & tangy spicy masala
The food portions are generous, making them perfect for sharing (any excuses to try more). Prices are competitive with starters from £7, mains £16 and sides £5.
There is always space for dessert and we shared a berry cheesecake. The crumb was crunchy, and cheesecake creamy and the berries added that sweet tangy flavour to it.
From Ales to Pimms to a range of soft drinks, they have a vast range of drinks that you would expect from a pub. It was a hot summer’s day and we enjoyed an Aperol Spritz and chilled Cider. you can enjoy drinks in the pub area, meadows and restaurants.
This village pub is one you need to add to your list this year. Perfect for solo travellers, couples, groups and families. With lovely meadows around, prepare to get those walking shoes on and explore the village before returning back to good food and drinks.
For more details check out their website, The Marquess of Exeter.
Address: 52 Main Street, Lyddington, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9LT.
Disclaimer [AD]: My brunches were free at these locations, however, all opinions and photos are my own.