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Simple, home cooked menu with favourites such as 24 hour Brisket of Beef, Pork Belly, Homemade Burgers and a delicious Steak and Kidney pudding as well as a fine selection of Ales and Wines. We now serve freshly made pizzas to eat in or take away. We are Dog friendly in one of our two restaurants and bar plus country garden and Marquee for events. Come as a stranger, leave as a friend.
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I chose the pork belly on bubble and squeak and it was delicious and something I would definitely order again. A good sized dinner. Staff were friendly and welcoming and the manager popped over to make sure we were happy with our meal.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 August 2022 via mobile

I have been to this pub multiple times and had some lovely meals, the staff are usually lovely however on this occasion i felt like they (one person in particular) was very rude and put a negative atmosphere on our lunch. I had the menu...open on the table, my baby was crying so i sat him up on the table to calm him down (he was fully clothed) and one of the bar/waiter staff said to me very abruptly to remove him from the table as he could have poo etc that would leak from his nappy on to the menu, then proceeded to say that they do clean the menus anyway and that it was nothing against my child.. i really don’t see the point of saying it then? It was very embarrassing in front of my friend and others in the pub that may of heard too. For this reason i will unfortunately not be returning.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2022

Sorry but you are having some kind of a laugh here? You sat your baby on a table on top of a menu and when you were asked to take your baby off the menu (nicely by the way, not abruptly nor rudely, she even...More

Reviewed 21 July 2022 via mobile

My husband and I visited with our dog Max. Max was welcomed with his own blanket, water and treats. The food was wonderful. I had homemade steak and ale pie which was delicious and served with fabulously buttery mash. My husband had a mackerel salad...which looked so good I had food envy! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2022

Many thanks, Liz We remember Max, lovely dog,. Glad you enjoyed everything and we always welcome back nice customers and dogs Angus

Reviewed 3 July 2022 via mobile

Yet another wonderful visit today 3rd July 2022 to the chairmakers We had a delicious roast dinner as always food is amazing Staff full of smiles and always make you so welcome

Date of visit: July 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2022

Thank you for a lovely review We always try our best to make people welcome and serving nice customers is awesome. See you soon

Reviewed 24 June 2022 via mobile

We stopped off at the Chairmakers for lunch and received a very warm welcome. Lunch was brought out very promptly and was very enjoyable. Overall excellent service and excellent food - thank you.

Date of visit: June 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2022

And thank you for your kind review and custom. We always enjoy happy, friendly customers and so glad we hit the mark for you. Angus

Reviewed 23 June 2022

Needing a night out we decided to stay local & headed to the Chairmakers. Not disappointed at all. Immediately welcomed & offered a seat outside or in, decided to go outdoors as the weather was beautiful but also told if we were too chilly to...come back into an inside table. Seats outside, all but two, were not the most comfortable you could get but a lovely area to sit in. Starters of chicken pieces for my husband & whitebait for me were delicious, especially the whitebait which were huge & absolutely gorgeous. We both had the belly pork - again delicious, not fatty, plenty of crackling & l loved their version of Bubble & squeak!! All in all a great meal & will certainly be back again, thank you.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2022

Many thanks. Pork Belly is very popular despite the heat and it is also on our carvery so it does tend to have it's followers. Really pleased you enjoyed it and your review shows we are still enjoying it and making people welcome, even strangers....More

Reviewed 18 June 2022 via mobile

The landlord and team at the pub delivered a fantastic service when my group of friends visited for lunch. We received a really warm welcome and the location, decor and quality of food and service made this a fantastic visit. We will definitely be coming...back. Thanks for the great visit.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2022

Thanks Simon and crew. Great atmosphere and an awesome bunch! Scared the life out of me when you all pulled in on your bikes an hour before we opened but glad we could accommodate you all See you soon

Reviewed 29 April 2022

I have written a review before, just after the current owners took over in 2019 and have been a few times since then and yesterday's visit. I feel it deserves another 5 star review because it's just a great, well run pub. I went for...lunch yesterday with a work colleague and was greeted quickly and taken to our table. Menus and drinks order taken in excellent time. I ordered the squid for starter- this is my go to starter and this one was exceptional, or 'insane' as I told the waitress/landlady! It was hot, crispy, cooked to perfection and the chilli, lime and spring onions on the dish just took it to the next level. For main I ordered the pork belly with bubble and squeak, delicious! It came with well cooked broccoli, carrots and swede puree. My colleague ordered the fish cakes, they were huge and the chips superb. This visit was just spot on, every member of staff was attentive, noticed if we needed anything etc. They work really well together. As a little side note, I have also visited as a large geocaching event and the hosts were very welcoming to humans and my dog (despite my dog being a total pain in the preverbial!) I just wish I drove so I could get to this pub more easily! Thanks for a great lunch.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2022

Hi Andrea, many thanks. I remember the geocaching night, that was really good fun and the people were awesome! Thanks for taking the time, yet again, to give us another fabulous review, it is really appreciated.

Reviewed 24 April 2022 via mobile

Visited again today for Sunday lunch. I cannot understand how the chef manages to produce such a consistently excellent lunch every time, the beef is pink and tender, the pork is succulent, melt in the mouth with a crackling that even I can eat and...the roast potatoes are crispy outside fluffy inside. We are always welcomed with a warm smile and the staff are so friendly and attentive. Such a treat, and unusually for me, I cannot find a fault, will have to return to see if I can catch them out😁😁.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2022

Many thanks, good luck catching them out. :D Chefs here are very hard working and they cook the majority of meats overnight to gain maximum tenderness. Nice for them to be recognised as well as the front of house, who are also awesome as well....More

Reviewed 24 April 2022

nice pub - friendly staff , child friendly pub, bit noisy on a sunday - and hard to get a table booked, which is a good sign, carvery on sunday was brilliant. well done allMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2022

Thanks so much. I do agree Sundays are noisy and busy, especially in the family area but we have the garden when sunny which is so peaceful and you can watch the horses in the field. The restaurant is over 14's for a quieter ambience...More

Reviewed 7 April 2022 via mobile

I love the chairmakers. there is lots to choose from on the menu, which is very varied and always a specials menu, which makes a difficult decision with so many choices!! the 16oz steak is delicious and excellent value for money. The management team and...staff are always so welcoming and look after us so well .can't wait to return. An excellent choice for a relaxing day with freinds or family.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2022

Thank you very much. The only thing that makes us stay in the business is having great customers like you.

Reviewed 6 April 2022 via mobile

My husband and I are regular customers here and can’t rate them highly enough. The food is delicious, and they are very helpful when it comes to gluten free options! My husband is now in a wheelchair and great care is taken to ensure he...has a suitable table and space for manoeuvring. Nothing is too much trouble for these lovely people.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2022

I would just like to say thanks to you both from all of us here. Your custom over the last few years has been amazing despite your husbands health and we love to see you both with your lovely positive smiles. See you soon

Reviewed 6 April 2022

We have been using the Chairmakers as a family for many years, and find that it is a charming country pub with lots of room inside as well as outside space. My parents, one of whom is now in a wheelchair, visit frequently and they...can never do enough to make sure that he is in a position that is comfortable for him. We take the extended family (making the total seven) when we can and have never encountered issues. I have also attended an event hosted at the Chairmakers, during which we were very well looked after. I suspect we may be back again for another meeting at some point. :) Covid has not been easy on Public houses in general, let alone the more far flung country ones. Go visit! You wont regret it!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2022

You are very kind, thank you. It has not been easy for us but when we look at people like your parents we feel we hat it far easier than some and we are grateful that people choose us for their celebrations and, well, just...More

Reviewed 5 April 2022

Having seen the negative reviews of.recent days..I.must.totally disagree with these Comments. Owners love people, staff and.food.amazing.lovely setting great for.families and.dogs . Not sure why comments.were.so.negative. but I totally contradict their review can't wait.to.go.back

Date of visit: April 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2022

Sarah, you and your husband have been an inspiration to us this year. You custom is really appreciated as is your friendship Take care and see you soon

Reviewed 5 April 2022

Food was incredible, quick service and very ambient. Thoroughly enjoyed going here with the family. Been here several times in the past and would definitely go again. Family run business who just want what is best for their business whilst also not pandering to entitled...individuals.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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angusreid, Owner at The Chairmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2022

Thanks Sam, we have taken 3 and a half years to build this business up to a position where people can relax with the children and not have to worry about abusive people and hard drinkers. We just want a place where we can take...More

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Real Home made English food
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Typical country lie food. Fantastic Sunday carvery and Some good chefs specials
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