Just for the record I want Marco Pierre White to buy my local pub and brandish his unique hallmark over it right now please. It’s The Carriers in Stockton in the Wylye Valley – there is still time for him to swoop in like a Golden Eagle, refurb the nest and lay in it golden eggs. Marco Pierre White likes eggs. He definitely likes eggs, rare birds and all things unique. He likes to be original.
I followed my google maps on my i-phone to Wheeler’s The Pear Tree Inn with Marco Pierre White. I stopped short of the pub and had to re-assess – must do more planning in future. I was not far. I pulled into the freshly gravelled car park and looked up and saw the entrance.
I knew I was going to love it.
I am a northern southern hybrid with champagne taste and lemonade money but I like a venue with a certain, honesty, robustness, no nonsense but still has flair, style and comfort yet is not over priced. Wheelers The Pear Tree Inn with Marco Pierre White had me at ‘hello’.
It’s a place where once you enter you don’t want to leave ever.
It’s the perfect naughty weekend away. Arrive on the Friday early afternoon, head straight to your room, open some bubbles….
Relax, unwind – take a deep, hot bath and get ready to head to to the bar for an aperitif.
Order from the bar snacks menu or the restaurant menu. All reasonably priced.
(For me, for my, The Pear Tree Inn debut – it had to be Eggs Benedict and steak. I am so predictable and I was not disappointed.) We opened with a soft boiled rare egg – a black headed gull from Lymington, served with celery salt and mayonnaise and a wild, light, free, crazy hedonistic parsley (yes, I can’t remember then name of the parsley and I forget to take a pen and the sat nav used all the battery on my phone. Enjoy the post – it’s going to be like my cooking – instinctive!)
Washed down with a great selection of interesting wines. On this particular occasion I was all about the Rioja – I have spent so much time in Bilbao that Rioja for me is a wine not to be missed.
The steak was divine! Not a salad in sight and don’t ask because you won’t get. You are in the hands of a hallmarked Marco Pierre White establishment – leave your own thoughts at the door. It is his world now, his ideals and you don’t know best. Trust him, let yourself be in his hands and I promise he won’t let you down. He knows best because he is The Governor, The Godfather, the main man and he is – #FACT
I was too full for dessert but I am confident there are puddings, cheese and then of course, liquors at the bar so you can be sufficiently sozzled, warm and cosy as you fall into your reasonably priced room only stone’s throw away. In the morning – there’ll be breakfast – I didn’t try it but I know it’ll be good and as sure as eggs is eggs there’ll be eggs on the menu. If I give it all away then you won’t go and you definitely should. Even if it’s just to check out the puds and let me know what I missed. Anyway, once I had sampled the fayre and adored the venue – it was time to meet the master himself.
The Pear Tree Inn
Tel: 01225 709131
Coming soon what happened when Macnaughty met Marco Pierre White – whatever you do don’t try and lick the celebrity!