The setting of the Harvey Arms really couldn’t be more picturesque.

Pub of the Week:The Harvey Arms
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Just up the lane is a fine old Norman church, and across the way is a village green and duck pond.
The inn sign displays the heraldic symbol of the Harvey family, once major landowners. They have long since moved on, but the pub still stands in their memory. It also serves pretty good food and drink.
It is fair to say the poor old Arms went through some lean times, but then along came Sandra and Warren Kennedy, who have invested a lot of time and money in pulling the place around.
Now, inside there’s gleaming wood, stone flagged floors and an open fire. It’s also spacious, because at least three bars have been opened into one. For ale enthusiasts, it seems that there are two regular hand-pulled beers – Landlord and Vulcan – and a guest one, which turned out to be a beautifully-kept pint of Woods’ Hopping Mad.
The kitchen is a busy one, and highly thought of hereabouts, with a well-thought-out list of specials, deals on meals, and also sensibly-priced menus. I was impressed with a huge prawn and mayonnaise sandwich served tucked into warm brioche-style bread, accompanied by a generous bowl of piping hot crisp fries and a green salad.
There is entertainment at certain times, and an excellent and well-kept outdoor seating area. A further bonus is that there is a regular bus service – and the parking is more than ample. The Harvey is informal, easy-going, and, at the heart of village life.
The Harvey Arms, Old Bawtry Road, Finningley, DN9 3BY. 01302 770200.

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