THIS week Pub Spy went for a drive into the countryside and pitched up at The Boot Inn, Flyford Flavell.

This is a warm and welcoming traditional pub, with lots of old beams everywhere. A great big conservatory area at the back opens the pub out nicely and brings a bit of natural light in. It is is very light and airy in that area so would be ideal for those who don’t like sitting in little pubs.

There is also a nice garden and a decent car park too.

For my starter I had some delicious asparagus from the specials board, with a vibrant beetroot relish, crusty bread and salad. The asparagus was perfectly cooked and very soft, and the beetroot paste had a lot of flavour. Spread over a bit of the bread it was lovely. The salad unfortunately had a very overpowering taste of the balsamic vinegar that had been thrown all over it, but apart from that, I really enjoyed this starter.

For my main course I had home made sausages off the vegetarian menu. To be honest I was impressed that there was one, as most village pubs don’t tend to bother. The sausages, although they looked more like potato croquettes, were full of leaky, creamy flavour. They had a nice crispy coating and I thought they were a bit different. The mash was light and creamy, there was plenty of everything and all of it was swimming in gravy. It came with a bowl of broccoli, carrots, baby sweetcorn and courgette.

My partner had a salmon and prawn cocktail starter which was really tangy and fresh. He had the rump steak for main course. It was good quality, juicy steak cooked perfectly. It came with crispy battered onion rings and vegetables and it was a proper plate of pub grub.

The menu at the Boot Inn has a lot of choice but they are particularly popular for their ‘steak on a stone.’ The steak comes out sizzling on a hot slate and you can leave it to cook until it is exactly how you want it.

Other dishes on the specials board are Fladbury faggots and the oven baked hake fillet with a chorizo crust. There is something for everyone, including a gluten free Thai curry.

My partner was pleased that they served Thatchers Gold on tap, one of his favourites. I had a glass of the house Zinfandel, which was a very sweet wine that I would probably order again because I liked it so much.

The staff were very friendly and coped extremely well with how busy it was. I would advise booking a table if you are going for a meal at the weekend. Even though it was busy however, we did not feel rushed at all. They gave us plenty of time to decide what we wanted. The food didn’t take long to come out when we had decided, and the service was pretty good.

We had no room left for desserts unfortunately so we decided to grab the bill.

The final bill came to £55.55 which for two starters and mains in a village pub is really not bad.

Overall we enjoyed the food and I think The Boot is a really nice pub. It is only a 15 minuet drive from Worcester and is worth the journey.