17 Jul The Buxton
After The Culpeper, The Buxton is the second makeover from local boozer to gastro-pub with rooms by architect Gareth Roberts and Frenchie Nicolas Treguer. The fifteen sleek rooms are stacked on top of a polished lobby bar and restaurant: white brick walls cleverly stripped, mustard velvet armchairs, massive dark wooden counter topped with burgundy marble, navy high tables… Here, you drink standing and eat sat high!
Chef Scottish Jamie Evans rustles up a seasonal, no-frills menu with the likes of a gigantic scotch egg and smoked cod’s roe with radishes to nibble on. For a more substantial meal flickering through the daily papers, go for the heritage tomato panzanella with vivid tarragon from the rooftop, or courgettes and ricotta tagliatelle. Indulge in the doughnuts stuffed with lemon curd and homemade strawberry jam, with a glass of natural wine. The lovely staff deserves special mention.
Wine: glass from £5, bottle from £25
Monday-Saturday 12-3 and 5.30-10pm
Sunday 12-3 and 5.30-10.30pm