Friday is fish day and this Friday was no different, I had friends down to fish the River Frome for it’s wonderful wild brown trout. But the weather had other plans and left the Frome up and coloured, luckily we had the option to fish the River Piddle, which was running clear. After a long days fishing and chatting we needed a good pub that served fine food. I had received good reports for The Wise Man and as they were staying in a B&B right next door it was the prefect place to book a table.

The Wise Man was the first ever pub that I took a young lady (now my wife) out for a meal, it was warmed cottage rolls filled with chicken, they were delicious. The Wise Man has had many, many landlords since then and has also been totally rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2006.

The current landlords Phillip (front of house) & Leigh (chef) have built a good reputation for good food, without loosing the feel of a good local pub and when we entered the pub already had the buzz of a good Friday night. We received a great welcome from Phillip and the rest of the staff, ale was poured and we sat down to discuss the days fishing.

I think we chatted a bit too much and it wasn’t until the second (or was it third) pint that we finally decided what to have. The menu is refreshinling small with a good selection of specials, which included bass, hake and Chinese pork. For starters we had the baked camembert and was the perfect starter for four hungry men. The cheese was cooked to runny sticky perfection, but I should warn you if you don’t like nicely ripened cheese I would stay clear, but we all throughly enjoyed.

For main three choose the slow roasted brisket, horseradish mash & rich onion gravy and Keith went for the beer battered haddock and hand cut chips.

When the mains arrived I was mightily impressed with the presentation, this looked seriously good pub grub! The brisket was beautiful and tender (there was also a lot of it) the onion gravy really was chip dippingly good!! I really love horseradish but felt that was a little too much in the mash and to be fair I was the only one who thought this and I did eat it all! The haddock and chips was equally as good, served with a lot of great wedge cut chips.

Blokes just don’t do desserts and after the overdose of cheese for the starters we even turned down their cheese board, which is reported to be extremely good!

Yes, The Wise Man is a great foodie destination for hungry fisherman and also for young courting couples, I also persuaded the taxi driver to take his wife there the following night!! Great stuff Phillip & Leigh 🙂

The Wise Man
West Stafford
t: 01305 261970

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Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? No
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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