We are driving through April snow to meet Gustav, Isobel and their young, excitable dog, Nora in Chipping Campden. Then, we will all be walking to The Ebrington Arms for lunch. The Cotswold countryside is briefly covered by an almost celestial white sheet of snow. However, as we start our walk to Ebrington, we soon find this hides a planet of water and mud.
When we arrive at the pub we are all quite wet and muddy – especially Nora. Gustav and I soon discover that they brew a galaxy of their own beers here. The Yubberton Brewing Company is inspired by the original name for the old village of Ebrington. Gustav orders a pint of Goldie – a premium pale ale with strong hoppy notes – and I choose the Yubby – a fruity copper coloured bitter. Izzy sets a different course and has the local cider.
The walk has created a real desire for food and Gustav and I both order the smoked salmon roulade with potato blinis, cucumber, fennel & tiny asteroids of salmon caviar. We don’t often comment on knives & forks – but the meteoric curves of the Studio William cutlery are very stylish. Izzy is having the carrot & orange soup while Rock is holding back in the hope of landing an afternoon tea later. The beer and the soup are good but they are eclipsed by the salmon roulade which is heavenly.
Gustav has another pint of Goldie while I move on to the Yawnie – a full-bodied chestnut coloured ale with notes of toffee and malt. Izzy decides to have a cheese & pickle sandwich served with coleslaw, mayonnaise and chutney. Gustav & I both pick the venison burger with smoked bacon, cheese, tomato, gherkin & hand cut chips. Rock is the most adventurous – she is having the constellation of haricot & borlotti beans with sprouting broccoli, a gremolata dressing and almonds. It is all good quality but Rock would have liked more gremolata. Gustav & I agree that the venison burger is beautiful, though I find the brioche bun to be almost as dry as the surface of the moon.
Overall, this is a great pub in a fabulous Cotswold village. It has been fantastic to catch up with Gustav, Izzy and Nora and we certainly won’t wait light years before doing it again!. Despite the snow and the mud – this trip to Chipping Campden and its satellite, The Ebrington Arms – has been very worthwhile!