The World’s End pub is said to have got its name from when it was used as a temporary prison for those captured at the Battle of Naseby in 1645 on their way to face trial in London.
Many died of their battle wounds or from the ill treatment they received from their captors, hence the name of the pub which welcomes you into Ecton.
But while those who visited in the past may not have found their stay particularly pleasant, our trip to the village pub on a bright but blustery Sunday afternoon was far more enjoyable.
We hadn’t booked but the staff were happy to check the diary and we were soon seated in the boutique-style restaurant.
The pub has an extensive menu, including light bites, pub classics, steaks, burgers, stone fired home-made pizzas and grazing boards to share.
But as it was a Sunday, we were given a set menu to choose from.
Without even looking at the food, we were drawn to the price - one course for £8.95, two for £11.95 and three courses for £14.95.
This seemed to be very good value for money, especially as it included roast dinners, so while we hadn’t originally planned on having three courses, the offer seemed too good to ignore.
We started with the assiette of smoked salmon and prawn salad with buttered bread and the home-made chicken liver pate with red onion chutney and toast.
While I would have liked a smidgen more salmon to go with the abundance of prawns, the dish was well presented and wonderfully fresh.
The pate portion was very generous and bountiful in taste.
For main we had the roast pork loin with seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and herb infused roasted potatoes and the pan seared cod fillet served with crushed new potatoes, wilted greens and a dill sauce.
The pork loin was juicy and succulent and came with numerous trimmings, although the carrots were a little too al dente for our liking.
My cod fillet was really very good, a beautifully presented roll of fish nestled on top of the crushed new potatoes and drizzled in sauce. But while I couldn’t fault the food, I would have loved a bit more.
After savouring every mouthful of my delicately sized portion, I had to sit and watch the pork being enjoyed long after I had finished and food envy set in for me.
This played quite a big part in having dessert, but it was a decision well made.
We had sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla icecream and Eton mess served in a brandy snap basket.
The sticky toffee melted in the mouth with each spoonful, and the Eton mess was exactly what it should be with cream and fruit thrown together for a light and summery dessert.
As we came to the end of our meal, a group of about 20 people arrived so it struck us that we had been lucky to get a table at such short notice.
And having just enjoyed a very high standard of food, it’s easy to see why people come here.
The staff were friendly and attentive without being over the top, and the pub is set in beautiful surroundings, with a decking area outside which must be very popular in the summer. There’s also an outside play area for children.
I was very impressed with the standard of food served and I’m sure the menu on offer during the week is equally good.
The set menu was particularly good value for the quality of the dishes, with our bill for three courses with an Appletiser and pint of Peroni coming to £36.70.
Looking back on its history, this pub appears to have gone from being somewhere you wouldn’t want to end up to being a highly desirable destination for good food at very reasonable prices.
Value for money: Excellent
Food: Very good
Service: Friendly and efficient
Disabled access: Yes
Parking: Large car park for customers
Total cost: £36.70