the pointer, brill
Once just a quant village pub and restaurant, now boasting some amazing guest rooms and
winner of 'County Dining Pub of the Year, Buckinghamshire' by The Good Pub Guide 2018
The Pointer in Brill, Buckinghamshire, has done something really clever. They've elevated themselves from an award-winning restaurant and pub, to now offering four lovely double/twin bedrooms. And it just so happens that the rooms are as amazing as the food.
So the four bedrooms are housed in a gorgeous little cottage dead opposite the pub and restaurant, so you don't get the noise from the pub (not that it probably gets very rowdy), and you're literally a stones throw away from breakfast. Each room has been finished to a really high standard, with soft grey furnishings, light wood, super comfy Hypnos beds (I have a really sensitive back, but this bed was very kind to it, and I didn't even wake up in pain!) and the obligatory coffee machine facilities.
Designed by owner Fiona Howden, all the rooms are super chic and spacious, each with blackout Roman blinds, underfloor heating, White Company linen and flowers from Fiona's garden. You can tell that every piece of furniture and every accessory has been hand picked for these rooms.
The bathrooms have that super luxury feel too. In fact, I didn't want to leave the freestanding bath. Bramley toiletries await you... I'd never heard of the brand, but you'll seen become obsessed with it like I did. In the hallway, a resident's mini bar sits under the stairs, containing homemade cordials, milk and fruit.
Dogs are welcome in two of the four rooms, and you get a little dog bed too. There is an additional charge of £20 per dog per night. Both of ours stayed with us, and while Dhillon is au fait with the noises etc in a hotel, our rescue Dolly isn't, so she did a tiny bit of barking in the night. Luckily it didn't wake anyone up. The local walks definitely made up for it though, literally on your door step. Walk half a mile down the road and you get to the famous windmill. Be careful though, there's an electrified fence that isn't signposted at all... I had an unfortunate brush with it.
Now onto the food. A little disclaimer first: my husband and I are both vegans (a recent change), so didn't think there'd be much for us. How wrong we were. At check in, we were asked if we had any dietary requirements, so I wrote 'vegan' and hoped for the best - a delicious plate of vegetables and possibly a chunk of tofu maybe.
How wrong we were! Head chef, James Graham, created this vegan menu (right) for us, and I have to say, it was the tastiest, richest, nicest vegan food we've had. Period.
Another disclaimer: The Pointer restaurant and pub has been named 'County Dining Pub of the Year, Buckinghamshire' by The Good Pub Guide 2018. And there is NO surprise about this. Us vegans were overwhelmed with the gorgeous menu we were presented with, and for meat eaters, the grub looked good! Chef James and the owners of the pub operate a 'field to fork' policy, meaning everything is taken from their 200-acre farm, using produce that is fresh and seasonal. (See all pictures, right)
The watermelon and beetroot starter was a mix of the juiciest fruit and earthy beets, presented so beautifully you didn't want to ruin it! The tomatoes in the salad were crisp and crunchy, just perfect.
I had the salt baked carrots for main, my other half had the ratatouille vegetables. Both dishes were mouth-wateringly good. My carrots came with chunky, meaty mushrooms and soft cabbage (mouth is watering just typing this), and the ratatouille included aubergine, pumpkin (salty by sweet) and more of the crispy tomatoes. If you haven't had a main of vegetables before, you should try these. Absolutely the best we've tasted.
Desert, and the poached pears were blanched to perfection. The sweet of the pear and the tart of the blackcurrant sorbet was a match made in culinary heaven.
Breakfast, and we both had yummy and ripe avocado on toast, but the full English is the most popular dish. An oh-so-cute spread of locally made cereals, fruit, home made jams and marmalades and juices are up for grabs too if you're staying here.
Dogs are allowed in the bar area, so can eat with you at dinner. And this isn't just a tiny bit of the bar, this is proper tables at the front of the restaurant.
Thanks to The Pointer for having us.
Double/twin rooms, all en-suite, from £130 a night on a B&B basis. Dogs can stay in two of the bedrooms at an additional charge of £20 per dog per night. To book a table and/or room visit www.thepointerbrill.co.uk
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