Good food in stylish upscale dining pub that doesn't neglect the beer side.
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The carefully prepared food tends to be the main draw at this civilised pub, but you're equally welcome to sink into one of the comfortable leather sofas by the pretty Victorian fireplace to enjoy a relaxing drink. The bar area is decorated in beige, grey and creams, with square leather pouffes opposite sofas, chunky low tables on tartan carpets, an unusual contemporary fireplace and nicely framed prints above a panelled dado. Friendly staff behind the handsomely carved counter serve Banks's Bitter, Jennings Cocker Hoop, Marstons Pedigree and Wychwood Hobgoblin on handpump and several wines by the glass. The main dining room, with its lofty ceiling, sturdy balustrades and big pictures, gives quite a sense of occasion, but keeps a fairly relaxed feel - perhaps because of the friendly mix of styles in the comfortable dining chairs on its floorboards; background music. Outside, a neat terrace has picnic-sets among modernist planters and lovely countryside views.
Good Pub Guide Food
Rewarding food includes beetroot-cured salmon with potato and dill blini and vodka crème fraîche, slow-cooked brisket with parmesan croquettes and shallot and watercress salad, vegetable linguine, duo of pork belly and hickory smoked ribs with coleslaw, burgers with toppings and a choice of sauces, grilled bass fillet with prawn and lemon butter, lamb tasting plate (mini shepherd's pie, confit of shoulder, cutlet with garlic jus) and puddings.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar