It was our great good fortune to be staying locally at the exceptional Glebe Farm on a b&b basis for three nights, which meant we had to find an evening meal. We had arrived on a Monday, and when enquiring at the Millbrook we were initially told that they didn't serve food on this night, when the resident chef, JP?, was off. As we had made the enquiry by email, shortly afterwards, Charlie Baker, the proprietor, invited us to share what he described as 'the Village Table' that evening. This event has been running for the best part of ten years, and takes place each Monday evening during the quieter winter months. It consists of a fixed price menu of three courses, initially prepared by volunteers, now by paid staff, all for the princely sum of £10 per head! What's not to like? All the tables are shoved together, bit like schooldinners, and people from the village and surrounding farms, churches and hamlets fetch up to enjoy the mystery menu. We were soon drawn into conversation with the most interesting people you could wish to meet, as they don't take any prisoners, and welcomed to sit anywhere that took our fancy. The courses came and went, with each dish being passed from the head of the table to each diner in turn, with the conversation and the wines and ales flowing in equal measure. Everybody is invited to sit down at 7.30 and by 9.30 the meals were completed and the friendship cemented, a real community of interest and enterprise.
Some two days later, on our last night in the village, my wife enjoyed her venison steak, whilst I tucked into a Bouillabaisse, sitting by a warm fire and quaffing very good local ales. Splendid stuff!
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