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The Restaurant

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The restaurant area has been beautifully restored to highlight the stone walls and original timbers. The decor is light and fresh reflecting the colours in the stone with tapestries and bespoke wall art, tapestry chairs, hand-made solid wood tables and doors, wrought iron work, porcelain tiled floors, subtle lighting and underfloor heating throughout; this creates an elegant but informal and relaxing environment.

There is also a private dining area which seats up to twelve people for those who wish to benefit from a little more privacy.

Our irresistible menus are complemented by our excellent wine list.

This is the perfect venue for everything from private parties, business meetings and weddings, to just a romantic evening for two. For private parties we can seat up to 60 people.

It is advisable to book ahead should you wish to dine to avoid disappointment. Personalised gift vouchers are available in multiples of £10. Please call 01529 488250 to arrange.

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The Bar

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One of the best real ale pubs in Lincolnshire – try our Cheeky Bustard 3.7% Ale!

Looking for friendly, atmospheric pubs in South Rauceby? Join us at The Bustard Inn for a great pint of ale! The solid oak bar is the focal point of this area while the open stone fireplace and the flag stone flooring give the room warmth and character.  We are passionate about our real ales and nurture our beers to ensure that all our real ale customers can enjoy the perfect pint. Currently we are serving our own label Cheeky Bustard 3.7%, Bateman’s Gold 3.9% and Milestone’s Loxley 4.2%. We also serve on draught Aspells Cider, Guinness, Becks Vier, Peroni and Carling as well as several continental bottled beers.

Visitors are welcome to just come for a drink in our bar. If you also fancy something to eat, then dine in our bar, restaurant or outside garden area and take your pick from our wide selection of snacks and meals that offer something for everyone. Don’t miss out on our great line-up of live jazz musicians who regularly play at The Bustard Inn  in the bar – click here to see our events page for more information!

Privacy Policy




The Bustard Inn Limited understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used. We respect and value the privacy of all of our customers and will only collect and use personal data in ways that are described here, and in a way that is consistent with our obligations and your rights under the law.

  1. Information About Us

The Bustard Inn Limited.

Limited company registered in England under company number 11196281.

Registered address: White Hart House, High Street, Limpsfield, Surrey, RH8 0DT.

Main trading address: 44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincolnshire NG34 8QG.

VAT number: GB 289 0447 68.

Data Protection Officer: Julian Lonsdale.

Email address:

Telephone number: 01529 488250.

Postal Address: 44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincolnshire NG34 8QG.

  1. What Does This Notice Cover?

This Privacy Information explains how we use your personal data: how it is collected, how it is held, and how it is processed. It also explains your rights under the law relating to your personal data.

  1. What is Personal Data?

Personal data is defined by the General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/679) (the “GDPR”) as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier’.

Personal data is, in simpler terms, any information about you that enables you to be identified. Personal data covers obvious information such as your name and contact details, but it also covers less obvious information such as identification numbers, electronic location data, and other online identifiers.

The personal data that we use is set out in Part 5, below.

  1. What Are My Rights?

Under the GDPR, you have the following rights, which we will always work to uphold:

  1. The right to be informed about our collection and use of your personal data. This Privacy Notice should tell you everything you need to know, but you can always contact us to find out more or to ask any questions using the details in Part 11.
  2. The right to access the personal data we hold about you. Part 10 will tell you how to do this.
  3. The right to have your personal data rectified if any of your personal data held by us is inaccurate or incomplete. Please contact us using the details in Part 11 to find out more.
  4. The right to be forgotten, i.e. the right to ask us to delete or otherwise dispose of any of your personal data that we have. Please contact us using the details in Part 11 to find out more.
  5. The right to restrict (i.e. prevent) the processing of your personal data.
  6. The right to object to us using your personal data for a particular purpose or purposes.
  7. The right to data portability. This means that, if you have provided personal data to us directly, we are using it with your consent or for the performance of a contract, and that data is processed using automated means, you can ask us for a copy of that personal data to re-use with another service or business in many cases.
  8. Rights relating to automated decision-making and profiling. We do not use your personal data in this way.

For more information about our use of your personal data or exercising your rights as outlined above, please contact us using the details provided in Part 11.

Further information about your rights can also be obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office or your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

If you have any cause for complaint about our use of your personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

  1. What Personal Data Do You Collect?

We may collect some or all of the following personal data (this may vary according to your relationship with us):

  • Name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Other special dates e.g. wedding anniversary;
  • Gender;
  • Address;
  • Email address;
  • Telephone numbers;
  • Payment information;
  • Information about your dietary preferences and interests related to your food & drink purchases and event attendance;
  • Marital status, and other information required by HMRC (employees only)
  1. How Do You Use My Personal Data?

Under the GDPR, we must always have a lawful basis for using personal data. This may be because the data is necessary for our performance of a contract with you, because you have consented to our use of your personal data, or because it is in our  legitimate business interests to use it. Your personal data may be used for one of the following purposes:

  • Providing and managing your account and relationship with us e.g. dietary preferences.
  • Supplying our products and services to you. Your personal details are required in order for us to enter into a contract with you e.g. wedding package.
  • Personalising and tailoring our products and services for you.
  • Communicating with you. This may include responding to emails or calls from you.
  • Supplying you with information by email and post that you have opted-in to (you may unsubscribe or opt-out at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the footer of our email).

With your permission and/or where permitted by law, we may also use your personal data for marketing purposes, which may include contacting you by email, telephone and post with information, news, and offers on our products and services. You will not be sent any unlawful marketing or spam. We will always work to fully protect your rights and comply with our obligations under the GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, and you will always have the opportunity to opt-out.

  1. How Long Will You Keep My Personal Data?

We will not keep your personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the reason(s) for which it was first collected. Your personal data will therefore be kept for the following periods (or, where there is no fixed period, the following factors will be used to determine how long it is kept):

  • Indefinitely, whilst required in the performance of our business supply of products and services, as described in clause 6 above.
  • Indefinitely, for the purposes of targeted marketing and communication whilst respecting our obligations to honour any requests to cease contact and/or delete personal data.
  1. How and Where Do You Store or Transfer My Personal Data?
  • We only keep your personal data for as long as We need to in order to use it as described above in section 6, and/or for as long as We have your permission to keep it.
  • Your data will only be stored in the UK and United States (MailChimp servers).
  • Data security is very important to us, and to protect your data we have taken suitable measures to safeguard and secure data collected through our site.
  • Steps we take to secure and protect your data include:
  • All databases are password protected, with secure user-level access that can easily be revoked at any time.
  1. Do You Share My Personal Data?
  • Subject to section 8.2, We will not share any of your data with any third parties for any purposes.
  • In certain circumstances, We may be legally required to share certain data held by Us, which may include your personal data, for example, where We are involved in legal proceedings, where We are complying with legal obligations, a court order, or a governmental authority.
  1. How Can I Access My Personal Data?

If you want to know what personal data we have about you, you can ask us for details of that personal data and for a copy of it (where any such personal data is held). This is known as a “subject access request”.

All subject access requests should be made in writing and sent to the email or postal addresses shown in Part 11. To make this as easy as possible for you, a Subject Access Request Form is available for you to use. You do not have to use this form, but it is the easiest way to tell us everything we need to know to respond to your request as quickly as possible.

There is not normally any charge for a subject access request. If your request is ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’ (for example, if you make repetitive requests) a fee may be charged to cover our administrative costs in responding.

We will respond to your subject access request within 15 working days and, in any case, not more than one month of receiving it. Normally, we aim to provide a complete response, including a copy of your personal data within that time. In some cases, however, particularly if your request is more complex, more time may be required up to a maximum of three months from the date we receive your request. You will be kept fully informed of our progress.

  1. How Do I Contact You?

To contact us about anything to do with your personal data and data protection, including to make a subject access request, please use the following details (for the attention of Julian Lonsdale):

Email address:

Telephone number: 01529 488250.

Postal Address: The Bustard Inn Limited, 44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincolnshire NG34 8QG.

  1. Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may change this Privacy Notice from time to time. This may be necessary, for example, if the law changes, or if we change our business in a way that affects personal data protection.

Any changes will be made available


The Perfect

Wedding Venue

at The Bustard Inn

We are licensed for Civil Ceremonies!

The perfect wedding venue in Lincolnshire, for a very special occasion creating cherished memories forever

The Bustard Inn, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire, is a unique and beautiful historic setting for a very special day. Your wedding should be arranged to suit your wishes and to meet all your requirements and that is exactly what we offer at The Bustard Inn, providing an intimate setting, exceptional menus and outstanding service.

We will arrange your own bespoke wedding day with the necessary attention to detail and costs based on a minimum spend. Exclusive use of the venue is compulsory for a wedding and/or reception. Our award winning team of chefs and our dedicated front of house staff will help make your very special day a happy, carefree and memorable occasion.

We seat up to 60 guests in our main restaurant and we can accommodate substantially more in the evening, as well as space for dancing. We can recommend nearby accommodation and also arrange transport from and to your overnight venue.

For further information, please contact Lesley at The Bustard Inn who will personally take care of all your arrangements.

Please get in touch for all wedding enquiries.



Upcoming Events

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Event Dining Reservation

Event Dining Reservation

Book early to avoid disappointment – our event nights are very popular

Please note: For parties over 8 people, please call us on 01529 488250.




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Book now for Christmas

Celebrate Christmas with us at The Bustard Inn!

Christmas at The Bustard Inn is a special time for both our customers and staff alike. With two festive and impressive menus we can ensure that your Christmas is full of the best possible food to share with family, friends and work colleagues.

Our Christmas menu is available from 3rd to 24th December for both lunch and dinner services. It offers traditional fayre coupled with other tasty dishes, which is ideal for both large groups or an intimate meal for two.

For Christmas Day we offer a tempting five-course menu over two sittings, with a two hour period in which to enjoy our hospitality and exceptional service.

Both menus require a deposit upon reservation and a pre-order and as this is a busy period for us, it’s always best to book early!

Lunch Menu



Dessert Menu




marked items are available as a light lunch dessert option

Maury Solera 1928 Les Vignerons de Maury
125ml glass £8.50
50cl bottle £32

Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat
125ml glass £8.80
37.5cl bottle £25

A selection of liqueurs, ports and malt whiskies are also available.

Sunday Lunch



Main Course – £17

Two Courses – £22

Three Courses – £27

All, except the vegetarian dish, served with roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips & swede mash, cauliflower cheese & mixed green vegetables

Lunchtime Sandwiches




Available Tue-Sat lunchtimes

Served with mixed leaves and tortilla crisps on a brown or white Hambleton Bakery roll

The Bustard Inn BLT £9

Lincolnshire sausage with fried onions and grain mustard mayonnaise £8

Cheese, tomato & spring onion (v) £8

Prawns with Marie Rose sauce and cucumber £9

Homemade fish fingers with tartar sauce £9


Wine List



Welcome to our Wine List. As well as offering a selection of the well known, we have included other excellent wines which we encourage you to try.  Hopefully our tasting notes will aid your experimentation. Enjoy!
23 July 2019

Champagnes and Sparkling Wines

Prosecco, Treviso, Brut Spumante, Masottina – £24.00 (glass 125ml: £5.50)
Some say “Italians do it best”, and certainly if you choose a quality Prosecco such as this one, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not in the mood for a blockbuster Champagne, but you would like some fizz, then this perfectly ravishing and mightily refreshing Prosecco is perfect. Delicate lime and grapefruit scents on the nose lead to an appetising apple and grapefruit palate. Delicious.

Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs NV Grand Cru – £49.50 (glass 125ml: £10.00) (half-bottle – £27.50)
One hundred percent Chardonnay from one hundred percent rated vineyards. From the legendary village that delivers two of Champagne’s most famous single vineyard wines – Salon and Krug’s Clos de Mesnil – this modest offering comes from the local co-operative. Expect a broad yet vibrant style; full flavoured and well structured. We proudly pour it as our house Champagne.

Champagne Rene Jolly NV Rosé Brut – £49.00
Jolly by name, jolly by nature. Produced from vineyards around the village of Landreville in the Aube – Champagne’s often overlooked southernmost region. It’s a blend of 50% each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; both vinified white with red wine (from Pinot Noir, of course) added back to give the salmon pink appearance. Full bodied, dry and quite earthy.

White Wines

Pinot Grigio 2018 Verga, Veneto – £19.00 (glass 125ml: £3.65; 175ml – £4.90; 250ml – £6.80)
Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, this is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus. A very drinkable dry white.

Chardonnay 2017 Aldridge Estate – £19.00 (glass 125ml: £3.65; 175ml: £4.90; 250ml: £6.80)
Chardonnay, the great white grape of Burgundy, and Semillon, key in the sweet wines of Sauternes, are both well-travelled varieties, and both have been adopted enthusiastically by Australian vintners. Together, the two make a full-bodied white wine with waxy, tropical flavours.

Chateau Fontareche, VdP d’Oc Viognier 2017 – £19.00
Wow.  I am not sure that it is possible to find a better balanced, more gorgeous Viognier than this delightful example from Château Fontarèche, one of the oldest Estates in the Languedoc-Roussilllon.  Elegant, perfumed, balanced and just a joy to be acquainted with!

Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Casas Del Bosque, Casablanca, Chile – £20.00 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml: £5.10; 250ml: £7.10)
Lovers of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc should not be disappointed. Winemaker, Grant Phelps is a Kiwi and has been working in Chile for the past decade, crafting one of the country’s best Sauvignon’s from the cooler Casablanca Valley.

Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Côtes de Gascogne, France – £20.00 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml: £5.10; 250ml: £7.10)
To smell, we happily find the typical aromas of Sauvignon with richer and softer connotations. A smell that combines sweetness and freshness. To taste, the wine proclaims its richness with a sweet and fleshy bouquet. Then the texture binds itself with more bubbly and light sensations creating a lovely minerality. The taste lingers in the mouth and at the finish we discover honey-like and compotes sensations. A perfect balance of liveliness and sweetness. All the same it remains a dry wine at the end.

Walt Riesling 2017 – £21.00 (glass 125ml: £3.95; 175ml: £5.30; 250ml: £7.40)
This wine takes its name from Walter Siegel, who was one of the pioneers of German Riesling. Hence the name is a homage to “Walt”! Produced under the auspices of Dr Ernie Loosen in his estate in the Phalz in the south of Germany bordered by the Vosges mountains, the result is a deliciously fresh and with the zippy acidity balanced with the fruit of the Riesling. Ideal as an aperitif or with fusion food with gentle spices that makes a great combination. Enjoy!

Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie 2016 Dom la Haute Fevrie – £22.00
If there was ever a wine out of fashion, it’s this. Overlooked by our obsession for Sauvignon and Chardonnay, poor old Muscadet has been left in the corner and forgotten. What you have here is one of the world’s greatest vinous bargains.  It is fresh and sparky, with elegant fruit, subtle minerality and surprising length.

Picpoul de Pinet 2018 Domaine de Felines-Jourdan – £23.00 (glass 125ml: £4.30; 175ml: £5.80; 250ml – £8.10)
Picpoul, or ‘lip-stinger’ as it’s known locally, is the Muscadet of the Languedoc. Bone dry with an immediate, gratifying fruitiness this is delicious by itself but also great with shellfish. Dangerously gluggable. Take a sip, sit back, close your eyes and immediately you are lying drunk on the back seat of a Citroen 2CV somewhere on the Golfe du Lion.

Terroirs des Chateaux Forts 2016 Rolly-Gassmann – £26.00 (glass 125ml: £4.80; 175ml: £6.50; 250ml: £9.10)
This is Alsace for beginners. An exciting blend of Auxerrois, (30%) Gewurztraminer and a token splash of each of Pinot Gris and Riesling give a full, intense, ripe and spicy – slightly sweet – pot-pourri of a wine. Great versatility here; to be enjoyed by itself, or with some of our more spicy and Asian inspired dishes. Biodynamic-uncertified.

Mount Franklin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 New Zealand  –   £22.00
This is fresh & lively with expressive flavours of citrus & gooseberry, balanced with fresh herbal characters.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016 Riccardo Falchini – £24.00
Most Italian white wines have one thing in common. They taste of nothing. This is a bit different. Dry and nutty with a fresh, pithy finish.  So you see, there is life beyond Pinot Grigio.

Albarino, Igrexario De Saiar 2017 – £26.00
How can you not fall head over heels in love with this wine from Rias Baixas in Spain?  Move aside Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Chenin and co, and come hither Albarino. A delicately creamy but intense wine, with apples, lemons, white flowers, honey and a refreshing minerality all combining to make what is a truly exquisite wine.

Sancerre 2017 Daniel Chotard – £32.00
A man of many talents; not only can Daniel serenade your palate with this wonderfully dry and crisp Sauvignon Blanc, he might also one day be standing in the corner of the bar doing the same on his accordion. Apart from being one of the most respected growers in Sancerre, he’s also an excellent jazz pianist and guitarist.

Pouilly-Fuisse ‘La Frairie a Solutré 2015 Domaine Auvigue – £45.00
In past times, the hunter-gatherers of the Maconnais used to herd wild animals towards the massive cliff that is the Solutré. Their ancient remains can still be found scattered around its base. This broadly flavoured, barrel-fermented Chardonnay has leanings more towards the oatmealy style of Meursault further north.  Traditional and classic white Burgundy.

Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 2016 Duplessis – £49.00
Lilian is a particularly silly name if you happen to be a boy. That said, he and his father make classic, old fashioned Chablis raised in both barrel and tank. This comes from a classic vintage and shows the true character of the year. A complex and elegant wine with a richness of fruit, balanced by a lovely freshness and minerality.


Bertier Rose Grenache Syrah 2017 – £19.00 (glass 125ml: £3.65; 175ml: £4.90; 250ml: £6.80)
From the low hills behind Cap d’Agde overlooking the Mediterranean comes this deliciously dry and fruity rose.

Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 IGP Puy de Dome, Cave Saint-Verny – £23.50                                                                       
You’re more likely to find a bottle of local mineral water on your table than the regional wine when dining in the Auvergne. This, after all, is the home of both Perrier and Volvic. Located just three hour’s drive south of Sancerre, the soils might be different, but the quality and style is at least comparable. Bone dry with a distinct mineral core, enjoy by itself or with a summer salad.

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose, 2017 Phalz – £23.00 (glass 125ml: £4.30; 175ml: £5.80; 250ml: £8.10)
This estate is owned by Ernie Loosen, but Sumi and Patrick make these wines from this highly regarded estate. The Phalz region is one of the driest regions in Germany as protected by the Hardt Mountains. It has Strawberry tones, salmon pink, soft mouth feel, and crisp freshness at the finish. Ideal to enjoy on its own or with slightly spicier dishes but will give pleasure with whatever it accompanies.

Red Wines

Grenache/Syrah 2016  Domaine Felines-Jourdan – £18.50 (glass 125ml: £3.60; 175ml: £4.80; 250ml – £6.65)
Sick of Shiraz from the New World, but still like the leathery spiciness and berry fruit typical of this grape variety, otherwise known as Syrah?   Then look no further – this is an incredibly appealing wine, with a softness and ripeness of fruit thanks to the Grenache blended in, but still holding on to the pepperiness and explosive fruit of the Syrah.  A perfect partnership made in wine!

El Caminito Malbec 2018 Argentina – £18.50 (glass 125ml: £3.60; 175ml: £4.80; 250ml – £6.65)
It is at the foot of the Andes at an altitude of between 700 and 1500 metres that the Malbec vine has found its ideal conditions.  The chalky soil, formed by alluvial deposits, and a dry, sunny climate with significant temperature variations between night and day produce such an elegant wine.

MJ Janeil Merlot 2017, Francois Lurton, South France – £19.00
Deep purple colour. Black cherry, with violets characterises the nose of this young Merlot. The aromas are fresh, intense and attractive. On the palate it is rich with lots of supple tannins and a powerful aromatic intensity on the finish with black fruits, floral notes and a touch of spice.

Torre de Barreda 2015 VdT de la Tierra de Castella – £20.50 (glass 125ml: £3.85; 175ml: £5.20; 250ml: £7.25)
From the dust bowl that is La Mancha. Forty-five year old bush vine Cencibel (better known to you and me as Tempranillo) is aged in American oak to give those distinctive red fruit and vanilla flavours that can only be Spanish. Legend has it that before Juan de la Barreda started to bottle his own wine, this all used to be trucked up to a slightly more famous region.

Bradgate Cabernet-Merlot 2014 Jordan Est. Stellenbosch S.A. – £21.00 (glass 125ml: £3.95; 175ml: £5.30; 250ml: £7.40)
Anybody here from Leicester?  Gary Jordan’s great, great grandfather was. He left Groby with the objective of putting shoes on Africa. He did it pretty well, with the proceeds helping the family to purchase this Stellenbosch farm. In his honour, Gary named the wine Bradgate, after the eponymous park, which overlooks the city.  Enough nostalgia. The wine is lovely. Pure with bright red fruit and a dangerous underlying acidity. Kick your shoes off, sink back in your seat and enjoy.

7even Pinotage 2016 Zevenwacht Est. Stellenbosch S.A. – £21.50
Afrikaans Lesson #287 – Zevenwacht meaning ‘seven expectations’. Now, there’s a prize if you can work out what they are. In the meantime, whilst you’re thinking, why not get stuck in to a bottle of the broad, soft, easy drinking red. The Pinotage grape is a South African classic; a cross between Pinot Noir (for breed and elegance) and Cinsault (historically known as Hermitage in the Cape – for its gamey earthiness.

Gamay 2014 Cotes d’Auvergne, Cave Saint-Verny – £23.00
Just two sets of hills away from the Beaujolais, the Auvergne remains France’s ‘lost’ wine region.  The wine drinks like a Cru:  Morgon or Moulin â Vent come to mind, but at about half the cost.  Watch out for the smoky finish, derived from the basalt soils of the region. The vineyards, after all, are planted on a chain of (thankfully) extinct volcanoes.  Serious Gamay.

Chianti 2015 Colli Senesi, Falchini – £24.00
You don’t have to spend a lot to drink a really good Chianti, as long as you choose well. Made from the savoury Sangiovese grape just outside the beautiful Tuscan town of San Gimignano, this is a beautifully balanced, harmonious wine with firm yet elegant Sangiovese tannins.  A wine to seduce your palate and warm your heart.

Rioja Crianza 2015 Vina Amezola, Spain – £27.00
Ah, this is how Rioja used to taste. This could actually carry the designation ‘Reserva’ given its extended aging in old American and French oak barrels, but thankfully for us they bottle it as a modest crianza. Old vine Tempranillo, coupled with the localised Graciano and Mazuelo, offers an old-fashioned style of Rioja.  A light appearance belies its silky texture and delicate charm.

Louis Guntrum Pinot Noir 2016 – £27.00
One of the longest standing family in the Rheinhessen district, and the cellars overlook the Rhine.  It has attractive red cherry character, with no oak to make this a charming lighter Pinot Noir – it is a delightful not serious Pinot ideal for drinking with any lighter meats, chicken, and also fish such as salmon. Best to serve slightly chilled.

Chateau Lucas 2014, Lussac Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux – £28.00
Dense meaty nose with liquorice and fennel, cedar and black fruits, a very attractive, drink now Bordeaux.

Howard’s Folly, Sonhador 2012, Portugal – £30.00
Howard’s Folly is a small producer of wine from the Alentejo region of Portugal. Aromas of dark berry fruits with smoke and chocolate notes. Smooth, full bodied and well balanced with a compact tannin structure.

Quinta do Passadouro 2014 Vinho Tinto, Douro, Portugal – £34.00
Probably better known for their Port, this farm hidden up in the hills beyond Porto produces table wines from a host of different and indigenous varieties. It’s wild and a touch rustic, with black fruits and a sense of the heat from whence it comes. Highly individual and recommended.

Chateau du Pavillon 2011 Canon-Fronsac – £34.00
Canon-Fronsac is a satellite commune of Saint-Emilion and given no one has ever heard of it, means that great bargains are to be found here. This Merlot-driven example is no exception. This is classic Claret, with flavours of lead pencils and cedar wood.

Chateau des Gravieres 2016, France – Half Bottle £18.00
Deep garnet-red with a slightly woody and toasted nose and aromas of prunes and liquorice. Fleshy, robust and well-balanced in the mouth with a firm, lengthy finish.

Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition 2016 Domaine la Boutiniere – £39.00
Frederic Boutin’s great grandfather created this Domaine in 1929. Made with 70% old vine Grenache, Cinsault, Mouvedre & Syrah this is wonderfully elegant with all the classic notes of spice and dark fruit. Delicious.

Fine Claret

Château La Tour Saint-Bonnet 2005 Cru Bourgeois Médoc – £54.00
The vines from this 100-acre vineyard located in the commune of Saint-Christoly are well located on a gravel ridge close to the river Gironde. The house style is for wines that are firm, full-bodied and concentrated and this excellent 2005 is no exception. Now approaching maturity, the wine scores well on the price-quality scale. Serious and traditional claret.

Dessert Wine

Maury Solera 1928 Les Vignerons de Maury (50cl bottle) – £32.00 (125ml glass: £8.50)
Maury is a small, undistinguished town about 30km west of Perpignan and sits on a plain at the foot of the Pyrenees. Its claim to fame is for producing these wonderful old sherry-like wines, produced from Grenache, that have been aged in barrels forever. These are rich and savoury with great viscosity, and one of the very, very few wines that match with dark chocolate. Being so oxidised in barrel they are virtually indestructible once in bottle. The wines are made by a system of fractional blending, being refreshed at intervals as small volumes are withdrawn and then topped up with younger wine.

Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV (37.5cl bottle) – £25.00 (125ml glass: £8.80)
Located at the top-end of Victoria, the Stantons left their native Suffolk in the mid-1800s in search of gold. When the seam at Rutherglen was exhausted the family turned to farming and grape-growing. For the past century, Rutherglen has been famed for its ‘stickies’. There can be no better match for our Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Little Bustards Menu

Sausage, mash & peas £7

Mini cheese & tomato pizza with chips £7

Fish, chips & mushy peas £7

Two scoops of ice cream £4

Sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch & vanilla ice cream £4

White chocolate brownie & vanilla ice cream £4

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