Since it re-opened in March two-years-ago, the Three Horseshoes in Goulceby has rapidly earned a reputation as one of the most welcoming pubs in Lincolnshire.
That is all thanks to the dedication of its husband-and-wife owners, Ian and Denise Peet, plus their superb team - all of whom are committed to providing warm and generous hospitality in the best English traditions.
What really puts this pub at the top of the leader board is the quality and excellence of its meals - a superb range of good, hearty, locally sourced and beautifully cooked dishes.
They are all prepared on the premises and served by engaging staff who are never less than courteous and friendly.
Goulceby is scenically located in the Wolds and hence off the beaten track, but a lunch or evening meal at this enchanting family-run pub is more than well worth the expedition - especially as prices are so reassuringly down to earth.
Dating back to the 17th Century and once the site of a blacksmith’s shop, a magical sense of tradition seems to radiate from all around as you step through the door and into a world of timber beams and a cosy log burner. “We love it here,” says Ian, originally from London, who, along with Denise (from Cumbria) spent a year restoring the property before opening it to their first visitors. “It’s such a friendly village and our customers could not be more appreciative.
“We don’t seek to be a fancy restaurant - the sort where you feel you have to whisper across the table. On the contrary, we believe in encouraging a convivial pub atmosphere with an emphasis on straightforward, tasty and nutritious meals that are cooked with flair, professionalism and love. Put simply, we never forget that our food is our reputation,”
Ian has a special words of praise for Thomas Myles, the pub’s highly experienced in-house chef whose past credits include having cooked for Princess Diana, King Hussein of Jordan and ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, the father of celebrated TV chef Nigella Lawson.
“Since joining us in July, Tom has been a revelation,” says Ian. “He has taken our offering to a new level. It is no exaggeration to say he burns with a passion for food and the integrity of its provenance. You definitely can’t beat an Irish stew that has been prepared and cooked by a genuine Irish chef who trained for five years at Dublin’s prestigious and internationally-renowned Burlington Hotel.”
The Three Horseshoes is nothing if not spacious and can accommodate as many as 50 diners at a time - a real bonus when Ian and Denise are asked to host big social gatherings, including fund raisers, business lunches and parties for all occasions.
Because it is such a uniquely special place, it has also become popular all-year for events such as weddings which are held in a wooden-floored marquee set within the grounds.
With a backdrop of such beautiful rolling hills, these same grounds are also popular (especially in summer) for camping and glamping holidays.
With Christmas not far around the corner, the Three Horseshoes is now taking bookings for a traditional five-course meal with a menu that includes royal game terrine, roast turkey, Scottish salmon and much else.
For Christmas Eve, a ukulele group will be entertaining, while acclaimed Lincolnshire band Crossfire will be helping revellers top welcome in the New Year.
But why wait until the festive season?
Now is as good a time as any to find about this heart-warmingly welcoming pub - perhaps to sample on one of its scrumptious lunchtime crusty baguettes filled with bacon, brie and cranberry or Lincolnshire sausage and onion marmalade.
Then again, you might prefer to feast on English beef cobbler, winter root vegetable casserole or (and this comes with a big recommendation) ham colcannon with parsley sauce.
And don’t forget the highly-acclaimed Sunday lunchtime carvery featuring full-of-flavour Lincolnshire meats, locally-grown vegetables and Yorkshire puddings topped off with the chef’s renowned gravy.
In a nutshell, The Three Horseshoes really is a pub in a million.
You can read more about it, including opening times and what’s on the menu visit its website: www.the3horseshoes.com or like them on their facebook page which features daily specials and any deals.