Community pub with big range of own-brew beers at unbeatable bargain prices and tasty food; children very welcome
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Cheerful, friendly and well run and with fantastic own brews to boot this is a first-class pub and always deservedly busy. The big, unspoilt, L-shaped main bar has high beams and some stripped stone, settles, pews, a good individual mix of chairs, lots of attractive prints, staffordshire and other china on a high delft shelf, jugs, brasses and so forth. They keep up to 11 of their own Saddleworth beers - though, if the water levels from the spring aren't high enough for brewing, they bring in guests such as Black Sheep and Copper Dragon. Some of their own seasonal ales are named after the licensee's children, only appearing around their birthdays; two home-brewed lagers on tap too. TV (for sporting events) and unobtrusive background music. A conservatory opens on to the terrace. The local bellringers arrive on Wednesdays to practise with a set of handbells kept here; anyone can join the morris dancing on Thursdays. Children enjoy all the animals, including rabbits, chickens, dogs, ducks, geese, alpacas, horses, 14 peacocks in the next-door field and some cats that live in an adjacent barn; dogs are made to feel very welcome. It's next to an isolated church, with fine views down the valley.
Good Pub Guide Food
Honest, fair-priced food includes sandwiches, creamy garlic mushrooms, pâté and toast, chicken, steak or vegetarian fajitas with wraps, sour cream, salsa and guacamole, a roast of the day, lasagne, lamb shank in minted gravy, steak and mushroom in ale pie, mixed grill, and puddings such as jam roly poly and apple crumble.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar