Fine dining pub adds a Med twist to its menu
A FINE dining pub now offers Anglo-Italian dishes with locally-sourced fresh produce.
The Livesey Arms bar and restaurant, in Ludborough, is being brought back to life by past owners Sally and Lee Austin, who currently own The Mill House, in Covenham.
The Livesey Arms is completely refurbished, but still in keeping with real open fires and the restaurant seats up to 40 guests.
Australian head chef Ant Cron, 35, enjoys cooking the Italian-themed cuisine.
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"We sell a bit of everything, from pizzas, pastas and even steaks," he said.
"The sea bass dish goes down very well with customers and so do pizzas.
"Meatballs with mozzarella in Napoli sauce and finished with pesto oil is also a favourite, and so is the slow braised wild boar ragú with fresh sage leaves and grated pecorino cheese.
"Obviously, classics such as carbonara and lasagna are one of our best sellers.
"This kind of cooking is where my passion comes in – I have always loved Mediterranean and classic Italian foods.
"I am actually French classically trained – but the French influences help in the Italian cooking.
"The basis to a good Italian meal has to be fresh basil, mozzarella and olive oil."
Ant started at The Livesey Arms four years ago and then he worked as a chef at The Mill House for 18 months. He then returned back to his home kitchen.
"The Mill House was too big for me – I enjoy cooking to a smaller crowd of people," said Ant.
"It's like returning to an old pair of boots, I really feel at home in my kitchen here.
"Everything is made from scratch and it is all local produce. We make our own pizza bases and everything is prepared on site such as the panna cotta pudding.
"I feel that moving to an Italian theme is a great idea because it has a lot of scope.
"I can't wait to create my own specials and become creative rather than sticking to just the menu."
Sally added: "We decided to go the Italian route because it is something a bit different, rustic and restaurant standard food.
"Our aim is to bring some fine dining to this very special place.
"We intend to use the very best of locally-sourced meat and dairy that this area has to offer, to create some fantastic Anglo-Italian dishes.
"Whether it is just a quiet drink you want, or a full meal, this is the place to be. With choices from pasta dishes to steaks, there is something for everyone.
"We also include those on a gluten-free diet. We are very much keeping it a traditional pub too, with people coming in for just drinks."
The pub, on Livesey Road, Ludborough, opens Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30pm onwards and Saturday lunchtime between noon and 2pm. It also opens for Sunday lunch from 12.30pm to 4pm and the bar is open on Sundays until 7pm. It is closed for food on Sunday evenings. Tuesday night plays host to pizza and pasta specials, which are £5 served along side their full menu.
On Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, there will be the chance to enjoy an Anglo-Italian Sunday roast – with all the trimmings.
For more information, call 01472 840993.