Review on The Purefoy Arms
The Purefoy Arms, a multi award winning dining pub including The Good Food Guide Readers' Restaurant of the Year for 2013 nestles in the pretty village of Preston Candover, a short drive from Basingstoke and home to Lord Sainsbury of the well-known supermarket family. Dating back to the 1860's, the smart building overlooking the village church is a charming affair inside with cosy leather sofas in front of the fire, exposed brick walls, stylish banquette seating and wooden tables set with candles. It is run by a husband and wife team, Spanish chef Andres Alemany who has plied his trade in a number of well-regarded restaurants and Marie-Lou who has extensive experience in the wine trade.
The modern European menu changes daily and the focus is squarely on high quality ingredients and seasonality. Tasty appetizers show Alemany's credentials with grilled chorizo Iberico and Catalan tomato bread. Starters usher in lentil and pigeon soup, pied de mouton or maybe seared hand dived scallops, Masala sauce, spiced apples and young spinach. Follow on with main courses such as sage marinated pork fillet, creamed spinach, apple rosti, wild mushrooms and cider sauce or Ray wing, sea kale, brown shrimps and black butter. There are tempting desserts to finish, witness sticky toffee soufflé paired with clotted cream ice cream and toffee sauce or chocolate mousse, Griotine cherries and salty caramel cookies.
As you would expect giving Marie-Lou's background there is a superb wine list to complement the dishes, together with warm professional service. On sunny days The Purefoy Arms has a lovely terrace and garden for al fresco dining.
The Purefoy Arms is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card