Stumbling across a small country pub in the sleepy village of Filkins, Gloucestershire, it’s hard to imagine that there’s a lot more to this traditional watering hole than first meets the eye. When owners Sebastian and Lana Snow descended on the suburban surroundings from London with their young family, they transformed this 18th-century Cotswold stone building into a vibrant local with a warm, family-feel and the occasional familiar face. Having trained under Anthony Worrall Thompson. Sebastian originally took up the role of head chef at the nearby gastro pub, The Swan before opening the Five Alls with his wife. The interior is stylish and comfortable with no danger of intimidation thanks to the hands of Sebastian’s sister, the interior designer Miranda Snow. Mismatched rugs, original fireplaces and low beams are combined with vintage wallpapers, leather Chesterfields and modern prints, adding a touch of city cosmopolitan to the mix.
After a day of rambling, the menu is a welcome selection of sharing platters, pub classics and the odd superfood salad (it does have nutritionist, Rosemary Ferguson as an investor after all). Using fresh, locally-sourced produce I opted for the slightly flavourless Butternut Squash, Goats Cheese and Lentil salad which came in a sizeable portion and defeated me within minutes. Although scattered with pomegranates, the dish was overwhelmed with lentils, leaving little room for any other flavours to come through. However, the main course was a welcome taste sensation of Open Ravioli of Crab, Chilli, Coconut and Pangrattata. The overly-generous portion of crab was perfectly accompanied by a hint of spice and creamy coconut accents in between fresh pasta sheets. To finish, the Peacan Pie was sweet, earthy and wonderfully festive.
With Prime Minister’s adorning the walls, Take That members eating at the next table and staff talking about Kate (Moss, of course) as though she is just another regular, Five Alls is a gem in the Cotswold countryside, and an unassuming venue for the odd celeb-spot.