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It may sound like a pub, but the Clissold Arms has galloped down the gastro route, so its large premises are now far more about cuisine than quaffing. The place continues to attract comment, both
adverse (service can get overstretched) and favourable (food is rated highly). Tables are covered in white linen, and the kitchen takes seasonal British ingredients and gives them a fancy
French twist. Dishes such as figs stuffed with goats’ cheese with honey truffle dressing show creativity and flair, as do mains of parsley and Gruyère-crusted cod with wilted spinach and saffron broth, and a ‘mouthwatering’ lemon and lavender crème brûlée for dessert. The lovely sunny garden to the side
(complete with fleecy blankets to ward off evening chills) and the Kinks room at the front (the pub hosted the band’s first gig) fill with satisfied locals every weekend.
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