IT is purely by chance that we stumble across The Wheatsheaf in Drayton, after being diverted through the village due to an A34 closure.

We had been heading to another pub but my appalling sense of direction meant we missed the turning and got caught up in post-crash traffic.

Sandwiched in between two lorries, we crawled past what looks to be a house before noticing chalk boards boasting beer and food deals outside.

Moments later we find ourselves being greeted upon entrance by a jovial barman, who welcomes us for dinner despite being on the cusp of closing the kitchen.

The low ceilings and Ikea lamps make me feel as though I am walking into a cosy living room, the bar backed by a utility area where plates are being hand-washed.

Dinner options are advertised not on paper menus but on chalk boards on the wall, listing simple dishes such as aged steak and pie of the day.

The barman brings over my glass of house red (£4.50) and takes our order, multitasking as he appears to be the only staff member aside from the chef.

I stray from my usual preference with a no-frills order of gammon with fried eggs and bubble and squeak (£10.95), while Tom goes for pulled beef chilli (£10.95).

Villagers pop in to make the most of the pub's takeaway menu, greeted by name by the barman who offers their usual tipple as they wait.

I am slightly disappointed when my food arrives to see that the eggs are overcooked, the yolk crumbling rather than oozing, and the 'bubble and squeak' is just chopped vegetables rather than a patty as I was expecting.

They have a pleasant charred flavour and have been cooked to keep their crunch, their sweetness pairing nicely with the salty gammon.

The lack of egg yolk means it is quite dry, but tasty nonetheless.

I have heard rave things about their Sunday lunch but unfortunately my choice of food failed to amaze me, although Tom enjoyed his spicy chilli.

I would certainly recommend it if you are looking for service with a smile and a lovely warming atmosphere.

The Wheatsheaf, The Green, Drayton, 01235 531485.