Landlord, Gary Newborne took on the Light Dragoon with plans to give it a new lease of life as a traditional country pub and place for the community to meet, eat and drink. With open fires, home-cooked restaurant meals and a genuine welcoming smile, Gary is excited about what he has to offer and welcomes customers old and new to try the delectable menu.
HU17.net enjoyed a meal on Saturday night. All meals were served on a wooden board and between four adults and two children we chose the steak pie which is a work of art wrapped in a perfect parcel packed with the most-tender steak. The sirloin steak and chunky chips, the Surf & Turf with chunky chips, a trio of sausages and the kids had scampi. All of us were full up and made noises of enjoyment and satisfaction throughout the meal. We had a little games gap and then had the crème brulee, homemade trifle and chocolate brownie.
It feels like Gary Newbourne is welcoming you into his home. He is a natural host and a genuine people person. The restaurant soon filled up but we spent the evening in the walkers and cyclists bar with our dog. The room is packed with entertainment from a giant game of ‘Shut the box’, darts, Jenga and traditional board games. We spent some of the night sat on the rug in front of the inglenook fireplace; we lounged on the sofas and then sat at a table to eat. The bar staff are young and enthusiastic and Gary likes his pub to feel lived in. The kids loved it, we loved it and can’t wait to return.
With a brand new central heating system and real open fires the premises are now snug and warm – everything you expect from a traditional country pub, and more.
“We want to be able to provide a place to eat out every week rather than it being somewhere to visit for a special occasion. To make sure there is always something new to try for our regulars we change the specials board every day. It is important that our customers don’t have to settle for lesser quality food and most of the products we use are locally sourced. The menu includes fresh local game, fish and steaks. Our talented chefs like to give the traditional dishes a twist – the Surf & Turf for example is served with monk fish, calamari and ribeye steak, it’s these extras that make us different to the chain pubs yet still affordable for a regular visit.”
“I’ve always wanted my pub to be a place where passing walkers and cyclists can feel comfortable. We’re not bothered about mucky boots (although there is a separate toilet for anyone who is completely blathered in mud) and dogs are welcome in the bar whilst their owners enjoy something to eat or drink. We also like to see that children are fed as well as their parents and rather than having a separate children’s menu, our chefs will prepare a smaller portion of anything from the menu, there isn’t a frozen and deep fried chicken nugget in site, although they will prepare some from fresh chicken breast upon request.”
On Sundays you will find a traditional Sunday lunch with finest sirloin of beef, pork and lamb. Also a fish and interesting vegetarian option such as roasted vegetable Thai style curry with Tempura battered vegetables and soft egg noodles. All desserts are home-made and include a selection of puddings traditionally served with custard such as sticky toffee or fruit crumble with a chef’s special topping, cheesecakes and trifle with homemade jelly or a crème brulee.
Gary is proud to employ people from the village of Etton and supports the community with a variety of special fundraising events throughout the year. Also, local clubs hold regular meetings within the lounge area and there is a special nook away from the main bar to enjoy a meal together and discuss club matters more privately.
The bar serves a wide selection of beverages. The house bitter is Theakstons with a guest beer which changes every 2-3 weeks @ £2.95 per pint.
The extensive wine list with starts with house prices per bottle at £13.95 up to a Champagne at £59.95.
If you haven’t been for a while, HU17.net suggests you visit for a jaunty afternoon treat, a regular tea-time special or that celebration with the family. The people are friendly, the pub is warm and comfortable and the food is outstanding… you can’t ask for more than that. Try it once and The Light Dragoon at Etton will fast become your new regular.
The bar will serve drinks until 11pm on each of the following nights.
Restaurant and bar meals:
Tuesday – Saturday – 12noon – 2pm and 6pm – 9pm
Sunday – 12noon – 3pm and 4pm – 8pm
Monday – CLOSED all year round inc. Bank holidays