At the time of the 1841 census the building now known as “The Game Keepers” was just a house occupied by Joseph Phillips – a shoemaker, his wife Elizabeth, four children and his brother who was a farm labourer. Ten years later, the 1851 census describes Joesph Phillips as a shoemaker employing two men.
In the 1861 census Joseph Phillips is described as an inn keeper as well as a shoemaker and the building is referred to as the “Queens Head”. Interestingly, in our dining room at “The Gamekeepers” there are two bricks, one on either side of the fireplace: one is carved “P 1854” and the other “EP 1854”. These clearly refer to Joseph Phillips and Elizabeth Phillips and one can infer that 1854 was a significant year – maybe the transition to an inn. Make sure you look for these bricks when you next visit us.
Owners Sandra & Philip Costello have been at The Gamekeepers since April 2003, we welcome you all to visit our wonderful country inn and sample our homemade food and local real ales.
Request a table
If you are looking to book a table, please email email@example.com or call 01256322038 – alternatively please fill in our reservation form and a member of staff will get back to you.
Deposits are required for parties of 10 or above. £10 a head will be taken upon booking and subtracted from the bill at the end of the evening.
Venue hire is also available and buyout of the entire premises for private events is also available, please call for more details and ask to speak to Sandra or Phil.
Sandra and phil are the proud owners of this warm and welcoming 18th Century Inn and restaurant, nestled in the beautiful, idyllic, and picturesque village of Mapledurwell. Our passion is for fresh local produce, creating an exciting menu cooked to the highest standards, with a fabulous wine menu alongside.
Mon-Fri: 12pm to 2:30pm then 5.30pm till 10pm
Sat: 12 to 3pm & 5pm to 11pm
Sun: 12 to 3pm & 5pm to 9pm
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