Sunday lunch is considered by many to be the most important meal of the week. Whether it’s a delicious home-cooked roast dinner with your family, or a trip to your local pub, it can be the perfect way to finish the weekend.
The Pointer is an award-winning pub located in the beautiful, picturesque village of Brill in Buckinghamshire and is the most welcoming venue from the second you arrive.
As we had not visited The Pointer before, we were kindly invited to visit The Pointer Farm beforehand to learn about the business.
The Pointer is owned by Fiona and David Howden, who bought the Old Rectory in 1999 with 5 acres. It slowly grew from a few vegetables and chickens to 150 acres. As they acquired more land, the animals followed.
When a local pub was put up for sale, they took the opportunity to open a pub with quality, organically grown and locally reared food. Where possible, produce comes from The Pointer’s own farm.
The animals are kept by Jamie Brewer – a young stockman who shares the family’s passion for organic and sustainable farming. Across their 150 acres lives a number of cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, runner ducks and bees! We were introduced to all the animals by Jamie and the Howdens. I was even allowed to feed a tiny lamb called Friday! After exploring the snow-covered vegetables and meeting their adorable animals (who have won endless awards in shows) we headed over to The Pointer pub for lunch.
The Pointer pub has an adjacent butcher which provides up to 160 meals a day for the neighbouring school!
As you step through the door of The Pointer pub, you’ll notice bowls of dog biscuits and water for visiting canines, and often a pair of muddy wellies left at the door by a local. It has such a welcoming atmosphere that we felt immediately at home. We headed towards the bar (which was spotless) and ordered a drink each before heading to our table in the restaurant.
The attention to detail at our table was faultless. Everything was beautifully yet subtly branded, and we loved the paper napkins ring in particular, which had different facts about the pub on the inside.
The service was perfect – the waiting staff were kind and attentive without being over the top, which created a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The menu looked delicious – Alex really struggled what to choose as he quite literally liked the sound of everything! I chose the pumpkin soup to start, which was possibly the best soup I have ever tasted, and I’d quite like the recipe! Alex chose the crayfish salad, which didn’t last very long – always a positive sign!
I struggled when it came to the main course, as the only vegetarian option was a mushroom risotto (and unfortunately I hate mushrooms). To my delight, the chef kindly composed a mushroom-free meal for me – a selection of brightly coloured, deliciously seasoned vegetables – perfect. Many pubs are not remotely accommodating when it comes to vegetarians, but the staff seemed more than happy to find something to suit me. Alex chose a roast dinner for his main with the largest Yorkshire pudding I have ever seen and perfectly cooked roast potatoes. He isn’t a man of many words, but he finished every last mouthful and apparently loved the meat!
After a short break, we indulged in dessert. This was a tough choice for me, as everything sounded incredible. A customer on a neighbouring table ordered a chocolate dessert, however, and I instantly knew I had to try it too. (A touch of food envy!)
My dessert was rich and delicious – in fact I wouldn’t even let Alex try any! He, on the other hand, chose the cheese board as he is obsessed with smelly cheese. It was presented beautifully and he was in his element!
Each course tasted incredible and the presentation was wonderful. In fact, it’s making me feel hungry now, just thinking about it.
In addition to the perfect service, spotless venue and tasty food, it was lovely to see the range of customers surrounding us; a large group, couples and families of all age groups.
We will definitely be returning to The Pointer and highly recommend a visit – I commented over lunch that I couldn’t find one single fault with our experience!
Thank you to Fiona and David Howden for such a lovely introduction to your beautiful pub and farm – we shall definitely be returning soon!
Have you visited The Pointer pub yet?