The home fires are always burning in Richard and Duncan’s benchmark country pub.
The pretty traditional rooms of Blair’s Inn are book-ended by a pair of roaring, welcoming coal fireplaces. The coal fires are not simply a statement of comfort: they are a statement of the Blairs Inn philosophy. “When fire and food combined, an almost irresistible focus was created for communal life,” writes the historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto. And that is exactly what Richard and Duncan achieve in this splendiferous country pub: it is a place where, because of the fires to draw us in, and then their use of fire to prepare delicious food, we want to gather, celebrate and socialise and, thereby, to be as engaged and human as possible. The brothers achieve something mighty every day, but remember: it’s not just cooking, it’s also the philosophy of cooking.
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