Good Pub Guide Recommended
A real winner' and a pity this is so far from my home' are just two comments from readers about this charming dining pub; it's quite handy for a break from the M5, too. Smart and very attractive with neatly dressed, courteous staff, the unspoilt, early 19th-c layout has 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 Banks's Bitter, Everards Tiger, Timothy Taylors Landlord and Wye Valley HPA on handpump, 14 wines by the glass from a good list, organic soft drinks and a range of coffees; daily papers and background music. A lovely garden has a spacious lawn, and the terrace offers pleasant views.
Good Pub Guide Food
Impressive food includes lunchtime sandwiches, pork and cep terrine with apple and calvados compote, vietnamese chicken with lemongrass, coconut and chilli salad, ham and free-range eggs, burger with cheese, bacon, relish and fries, porcini mushroom, spinach, squash and parmesan lasagne, a pie of the day, malaysian chicken curry, barbecued lamb koftas with marinated aubergine and harissa tzatziki, slow-cooked pork belly with smashed apples and cider sauce and puddings such as white chocolate and passion-fruit cheesecake with chocolate chip ice-cream and treacle tart with orange confit and clotted cream.