The Harvester at Long Itchington is a quintessential British local pub - with a few twists which make it stand out amongst the crowd. Standing out matters here; Long Itchington is a small village with 6 pubs to choose from.
The owner, Simon Mills, inherited the pub from his parents; it’s been in the family for 35 years. Since then, his goal has been to ‘keep everything the same, but make it different’.
The Harvester is known for three things: beer, steak and pizza.
The Harvester is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide (essential reading for beer lovers). You won’t find Carling here. Simon keeps a constant rotation of beers on tap - most of them come from as close to home as possible; IPAs, lagers, stouts and ciders are always changing. Mondays are always exciting for Simon - that’s when all the breweries call, trying to sell their latest brew. ‘Keep it consistent’ is his advice to brewers ‘even if it’s bad, keep it consistently bad, because then we know where you’re at’.
The steak at the Harvester is always locally sourced, cut and trimmed by Simon and cooked perfectly to order. It’s simple, classic British pub food; but done very well. The pizza is a new creation; after converting the car park into a spacious beer garden full of up-cycled furniture, they decided to open a little pizza service. Ever the perfectionist, Simon spent days searching for the perfect pizza base, oven and wood to use. It certainly paid off - it’s proved a hit with the locals. The rocky road dessert pizza is highly recommended.