While visiting the village of Steep and its surrounding walks and hills, we decided to stop for lunch at The Trooper Inn, at Froxfield.
Reputedly over 400 years old, this quaint village pub used to be situated on the main route to London and at the beginning of the First World War was used as a recruiting centre for troops.
Unfortunately, the windy and slightly inclement weather prevented us from enjoying the substantial beer garden, so we sat inside amid the many pictures and artefacts and chose from an eclectic and unusual menu. My daughter and I both selected baked fillet of cod with sauteed new potatoes and courgettes in a lemon and dill sauce, which was delicious, light, and perfectly cooked. My husband chose The Trooper Speciality Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder in a rich honey and mint gravy with a medley of roasted summer vegetables. Again, this was tasty and flavourful. Our son, however, chose the unexpected winner of the day in Mr Morgan’s Homemade Cumberland Sausages with crushed new potatoes and an apple, blue cheese and sage sauce. The sausages were temptingly meaty, but the best bit by far, was the crushed new potatoes and sauce on which they sat. This was a rich and mouthwateringly delectable accompaniment and it took all of his prowess to fight the rest of us off and savour it for himself!
All the food on offer is cooked to order, so service is not quick, but is well worth the wait, being of restaurant standard.
We certainly had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch and would be happy to return to The Trooper Inn again.
THE TROOPER INN
Froxfield, Hampshire, GU32 1BD
Telephone: 01730 827293