TUCKED away in a hamlet called Parslows Hillock you will find a country pub serving good food with friendly staff.

The Pink and Lily, just up the road from Lacey Green, has been open for a year after a refurbishment by Lara and Patrick O'Connor.

And it is great to see what the Lacey Green residents have done with the place with the very friendly landlord, Alice Hill, at the helm.

It looks lovely for starters with exposed brickwork, leather chairs and plenty of room.

The dining room is spacious with large windows overlooking the garden, which has some quirky little outdoor pods where people can enjoy a meal.

They buy all their produce as local as possible and change the menu depending on what they can source.

The menu is fairly varied with about six starters ranging from £5 to £7.50 and 15 mains ranging from £9 to £19- there is also a specials board.

The Pink also have a lunchtime menu with sandwiches and salads, and there are bar snacks and sharing boards.

For starters I had the prawn, dill and cider parfait with oatcakes and dressed samphire (£6).

The parfait was creamy and light with chopped up prawns- I could taste the flavour of the dill over the cider- which suited me just fine.

It went really well with the crisp oatcakes and I loved the fresh salty samphire with slithers of orange.

It all married together extremely well and it was a refreshing change to the usual starter I would order.

My dining companion had the house-smoked chicken fillet with a balsamic dressed citrus salad (£6).

Chunks of delicately smoked, tender chicken sat on top of a mixed leaf salad, with orange segments around the side and rings of the balsamic dressing.

It was simple yet effective and again a lovely starter.

Other starters included an aubergine bruschetta, honey and soy duck, seared scallops and soup of the day.

For the main event I had the braised roulade of lamb breast, tomato and olive tapenade served over Provençal vegetables and rosemary polenta with a red currant jus (£13).

The lamb belly was rolled with the tasty tapenade inside- the flavours worked together really well. The cut of meat is naturally fatty, but the chef had cooked it very well and it was tender and tasty.

The roasted courgettes sat underneath the lamb next to a stack of dense rosemary polenta chips, which were crispy on the outside and soft inside.

The red currant jus was not too rich and finished the dish off well.

My friend had the teriyaki salmon with egg noodles and a cucumber and sesame salad (£11).

The salmon was well cooked with the sweet yet salty glaze of the teriyaki. The noodles were tossed in the sauce too and the cucumber and sesame salad was a fresh aside.

The mains range from a Caesar salad to sirloin steak to a home made beef burger.

There is a range of nine delicious looking puddings which are £5 or £6, including a cheese board.

We shared the white chocolate creme brulee with shortbread (£6).

It was decadently rich and creamy with the crisp coating of caramel on top. I loved the shortbread, which was buttery with a nice bite.

The dining experience at the Pink is comfortable and relaxed- I really enjoyed the food which was freshly and expertly done. Long may this pub continue.

Go to www.pink-lily.com