Good Pub Guide Recommended
Successful as a dining pub yet still extremely welcoming if you're just popping in for a drink, this charmingly well kept place is run with meticulous attention to every detail to ensure that you have a most enjoyable visit. It has an unspoilt early 19th-c layout with five beautifully decorated little rooms and a kitchen opening off a central corridor with a black-and-white tiled floor. Rooms offer a choice of carpet, bare boards, lino or nice old quarry tiles, a variety of mood, from snug and chatty to bright and airy, and individual décor in each: theatrical engravings on red walls, nice sporting prints on pale green walls, and racing and gundog pictures above a black panelled dado. Most of them have coal fires and two have small serving bars, with Enville, Kinver Edge, Wye Valley6 and a guest such as Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump, around 50 wines (with 14 by the glass), organic soft drinks and a range of coffees; daily papers; background music. A lovely garden has a spacious lawn, and the terrace offers pleasant views.
Good Pub Guide Food
Food is quite a draw here so it's worth booking, especially for the popular Sunday lunch. As well as lunchtime baguettes and panini, delicious dishes from a changing seasonal menu might include piri piri king prawn skewer, chicken liver and port parfait with red onion jam, fish cakes with white wine, prawn and chive sauce, sausage and mash, yellow thai curry with chicken, carrot, corinader, jasmine rice and crackers, battered cod and chips, calves liver with smoked bacon and thyme rissole potatoes, spinach, ricotta and gnocchi with rocket, pomodori and pesto cream, sautéed chicken breast with porcini mushroom sauce, and puddings such as bakewell tart with raspberry mascarpone, orange crème brûlée with brandy snap biscuit and chocolate orange ice-cream and white chocolate and passion fruit profiteroles with popping candy.