The Pointer

4.6
443 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Worth the Drive
  • Fit for Foodies
A Restaurant, Bar, Butchers and Farm. Serving fantastic, seasonal and thoroughly delicious food and drink.

Our attitude to food is pretty straightforward: we cook what is best on the day, using the seasonal produce we either grow ourselves on our Farm or obtain from local markets and suppliers. Beef and Pork comes from our own livestock herds and neighbouring farms who share our passion.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, Organic, Contemporary British
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 2:30pm and 6:30pm - 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm and 6:30pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 5pm
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Phone number
01844 238339
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
James Graham
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Private Party Facilities
Our Barn can cater for up to 35 Guests.
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Private Party Contact
Emma Holding: 01844 238339
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Public Transit
Nearest Bus Stop adjacent to the Pointer Pub
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

After a walk around the beautiful surrounding countryside my wife and I had lunch .Food especially the steak and service were all good as was the ambience. Have already recommended to friends and will go again

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Well, that was unfortunate. I'm afraid we won't return in a hurry. Over the years, our experience here has varied from outstanding to seriously disappointing. This time, it was definitely disappointing. The place was as beautiful as ever, the staff were perfectly nice but the food was uninspiring and in the case of the risotto (£20!) almost inedible. Such a pity. Let's hope it's just transitional difficulties as the new owners take over.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Not been for some time and really enjoyable family occasion and menu to suit most tastes and good quality food especially the fish. Worth a detour.

Tony & Pat Davies

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great pub and beautiful setting! Food was excellent

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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Very salty food.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

A very welcoming pub come small hotel. Rooms very comfortable with lots of thought gone into accommodating guests such as the tea and coffee and water available in the rooms. The fixture and fittings, linens and towels have all been chosen for quality which makes you feel more at home than in a hotel. A well thought out breakfast even paying attention to the risk of sore heads with the complementary bloody Mary’s on standby!! The staff were cheerful, helpful and attentive in the right measure. Would definitely go back to stay.

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

The food was really delicious and the staff were great

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Excellent food, friendly service. Only personal quibble would be the Fleetwood Mac piped music. No music is best.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Fabulous meal in lovely surroundings. Service was excellent - attentive without being overbearing. Food was excellent and the wine was great. Recommend the lamb and the apple crumble cheesecake was delightful.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Excellent food with outstanding service. Top marks all round.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Very hot sunny Sunday. Greeted warmly by all staff. Sunday lunch roast beef rare and succulent, massive yorkshire puddings, variety of plated vegetables. Good wine list although 'top dollar'. Great choice of gins and mixers a change from fever tree.
Service defferent, attentive and cheerful.

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Excellent three course Dinner

Bar was very quiet when we arrived but lots of comfortable chairs to consider the menu

Once taken through to the dining room it all changed you pass the kitchen where all the chefs greeted us with a smile

The creamed beef butter and cucumber soup wetted out apptites for the rest of out top quality meal

It deserves to be the Michelin judges pub of the year

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3.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Our dinner was a mixed experience. Whilst some of the starters were great, especially the home smoked salmon (sea radish & fennel flowers delicious) the main was a real disappointment. We originally ordered 6 ribeye steaks but they had none so were serving sirloin instead. Three of us ordered the sirloin. They were so tough and chewy. No doubt the meat was good quality and the flavour was lovely....but we couldn’t eat them, it wasn’t enjoyable, and ended up taking all the leftover sirloin home for our dogs. I found it slightly embarrassing as l had recommended the restaurant from previous experience. We did not want to make a complaint or draw attention to it.
The shared rump however was very good and the chicken too.
Service was also very different from our previous experience also... one of the waitresses was very abrupt and not particularly attentive.
Overall, not the best evening.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Our second visit to The Pointer and it did not disappoint. It was a 60-70 mile round trip and was thoroughly worth it. The food was delicious! We will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

A hidden gem, friendly welcoming pub and dog friendly

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Very good food, properly cooked vegetables, very tasty food

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

When we arrived 15 mins ahead of time, practically no-one else there. But in minutes people appeared and so the 1pm booking did not bring quick service, everyone else got served first! Fortunately we were not in any hurry! Thoroughly enjoyed the food and visit though. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Fantastic spot for lunch before cricket match at Ashfold Prep grounds . Service was friendly and attentive and food was fabulous yet simplicity . Thanks again second time around and will be back whenever we visit the area

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3.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Generally a disappointing experience. Underwhelming service. The food was good but we struggled a bit with the choices. Steak was off(I.e not available ) so only two meat choices.

Quite pretentious overall. An average wine list at above average prices.

Sorry but we won’t be going again. We were planning a group dinner but will be going somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Exceptional food and service as always. Delightful!

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4.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Great meal- nice attention to detail and good value for the quality experience provided. Would recommend

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

We booked at the Pointer, as we'd heard that it was great. We were not let down. Despite the lads at the bar being quite raucous from the moment we entered, the staff made us feel at home and explained everything well, with good knowledge of the products they were selling. The beer was good, and clearly well looked after and the wine list exhaustive (the Malbec by the glass is ace).

It's a lovely place, and Brill, despite being a drive away is a beautiful little village (i'm sure you could go for a little walk around before or after your meal). It's cosy, with a modern country feel to the place, which is very welcoming. We ate in the bar, (perhaps to blame for the noise) but the restaurant was round the corner closer to the kitchen (it looked nice). Still, it was nice, with some lovely ambiance.

We initially had some fantastic sour dough bread in a doggie bag, which explained the strange marmite like tasting lump of something that we found on the table when we sat down. Together, they were a match made in heaven and we ate the lot (the people next to us even had some more). We ordered the Uber steak (a rump for 2) and some bacon cabbage to go with (recommended). It was probably enough steak for 3 (and the dog) and was delicious, seasoned perfectly and cooked wonderfully rare, and came with some delicious dripping chips and mushrooms and tomatoes that tasted like they came from the garden. The bearnaise sauce was fantastic too, if you needed anything with your steak ( I didn't to be honest, the steak was that good).

We were stuffed, and had to bring some of it home, to have steak sandwiches for lunch the following day (and kept the dog happy too with a little fat we took home in a doggie bag). Couldn't fit anything else in, despite the dessert menu tempting us. Next time maybe we'll just go for pudding!

Anyway, worth a shot, if you like local, seasonal and organic grub in your belly.

:)

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Absolutely brilliant, staff were friendly and helpful the place has a nice feel about it. The food was excellent as was the wine. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

My friend and I have read reviews of the Pointer and wanted to see for ourselves. The location is picturesque and upon entering we were greeted by friendly, attentive but not obsequious staff. The decor is stylish. The lunch menu was short but with enough options to provide a decent choice. When it arrived the food was delicious and looked as if the chef cared about the way it was presented. We loved it and have booked again.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Fantastic Sunday roasts and wonderful local produce, all served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Particularly enjoyed the choice of local gins.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Very attentive and welcoming staff. Good quality food with attention to detail. A relaxed pub restaurant with a charming garden.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Fantastic location and great food . Thanks for accommodating quick meal in time for our cricket fixture

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

The Pointer is a good restaurant with an excellent bar, friendly staff, nice rooms and a good menu. The emphasis is on home-grown produce (they even promote their own beer) and high quality cooking. The food is good, the ambience is good but the prices are, in our view, set too high. No mains for less than £15, some £30 plus and coffee (albeit "hand- crafted") at £5 per cup is just too expensive. Very relaxed atmosphere and pleasant outside tables.

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3.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Sunday isn't the day to go if your'e not a 'Sunday Roast' person. The menu is very limited and quite frankly a little disappointing for the Michelin Pub of the Year. The stars of my dish were the vegetables which were fabulous and I believe grown on the premises. I had pork and my companions had beef and haddock. The beef came with a fabulous looking Yorkshire pudding which I'm told was disappointing as was the Haddock. With the fish came chips cooked in beef dripping which get a huge thumbs up so we ordered another portion as two fairly small slices of meat both beef and pork seemed a little stingy.

It sounds like a completely negative review but would say everything was cooked well presented beautifully but lacked any quality that would make the price worth it.

The setting is lovely and if we were to venture back it would be on a Saturday where there is a food market on the adjacent village triangle the butchers shop attached to the pub is opened and the a la carte menu is available.

Actually the bar nibbles look the most intriguing so a pint and a few of them sat n the garden might well be great.

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3.0Dined on 3 June 2018

We used to love visiting the Pointer because the service was good, the food excellent and just a general lovely pub. It has now been taken over with new staff and it was chaotic, and we had to keep asking and wait a long time for our food. Very disappointed it's been sold.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable with excellent food and wine in comfortable surroundings

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

The food was of excellent quality. We all had the fib eye steak. The sweets were overpriced for what they were. However £20 for four coffees was OTT!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Great find - loved it. Fantastic food and very stylish surroundings

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

This is a hidden gem. Great food. Really beautiful locale and a very unfussy approach to quality service. The food (particularly the meats) were outstanding quality. Would highly recommend for a birthday or a posh Sunday lunch.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Excellent as always.

We booked late and they accommodated us. Food was top notch.

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4.0Dined on 29 May 2018

This was for our wedding anniversary which I put on the booking but no mention was made of this or any offer of a free drink etc, which we have had at other similar establishments on such occasions.
Cosy country pub vibe with various soft seating although some of the furniture need re upholstering. Sat down with menus after ordering our drinks, of which there was a good selection of Gins. Shown to the restaurant area which was nicely laid out, not too close to other tables. I ordered Duck Terrine but found it tasteless with little or no seasoning and a little dry. Duck is normally a tasty bird if not overcooked so I was somewhat at a loss as to how the terrine could have ended up like that?
My wife's carpaccio of beef was however lovely.
Can't fault my rib eye steak which was one of the best bits of meat I have had for a while and cooked to perfection. Good chips cooked in dripping also. My wife had Hake which again was well cooked and very tasty. Nice glass of house Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc to top it off so apart from the starter a very nice meal in a relaxed venue.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Fabulous as always, great food ambience and good friendly service

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

We’d been meaning to try The Pointer out for ages given the national acclaim. We were not disappointed. Food was excellent quality and absolutely delicious. Great cocktails beforehand. Not cheap (£75 per head for 3 courses, wine and Pre dinner drinks) but it was worth it.

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3.0Dined on 23 May 2018

We’re big fans of The Pointer and have visited many times. Sadly the last few visits have been disappointing mainly due to the service...slow and not very attentive.
Food remains great but at the prices you’re paying you expect the whole package to be fantastic which used to be the case but hasn’t been more recently.
Hoping they can get back on track with the service again...and soon!

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

A lovely Sunday lunch, fabulous garden and stunning food!

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