In the pretty village of Radcliffe-on-Trent, right opposite the church, the characterful Manvers Arms is a rare example of an unspoiled English pub.
On a recent visit we were soaking up the serene ambience of the beer garden when we got chatting with Graham, the proprietor, who acquired the pub in 2010. He shared with us his enthusiasm for the delightful old building. In addition to his considerable entrepreneurial talent, he is also a gifted interior designer. He explained that his approach was simple: get to know the building, and you’ll know what to do. This philosophy has produced an atmosphere that is at the same time elegant, relaxed and homely.
The Manvers hosts various live music events such as jazz, flamenco, and soul nights. There are regular quizzes with a two-course meal as a prize for the winning team. Graham is currently working on plans for a tapas menu.
On this occasion, we had already eaten so we didn’t sample the food. The menu looked well balanced and affordable. There are three cask ales and a good selection of wines.
I’ll postpone the star rating until we’ve eaten there – which should be soon.