Pretty thatched village pub with splendid views, welcoming service, good beers and popular, enjoyable food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This 15th-c pub is in a charming spot by the village green and also overlooks Blackmore Vale. Three linked areas - on different levels around the central horseshoe-shaped servery - have big log fires, plentiful oak woodwork and flagstones, comfortably padded dining chairs around big scrubbed tables, and a couple of leather sofas; the furnishings are all very individual and uncluttered. There's also a small light-painted conservatory restaurant. Hop Back Summer Lightning, Otter Amber and Palmers Copper Ale on handpump, a dozen wines by the glass and Thatcher's farm cider; background music and skittle alley. There are marvellous views over into Somerset and Dorset from plenty of picnic-sets, the nearby woods are good for a stroll and the Wiltshire Cycleway passes through the village.
Good Pub Guide Food
Popular food includes rabbit and olive terrine, lamb samosas with mango chutney, chickpea, sweet potato and spinach curry, risotto with scallops and crab, steak and ale pie, bacon-wrapped chicken breast with gratin potato and pesto cream sauce, flat-iron steak with peppercorn sauce and chips, and puddings such as chocolate 'lumpy bumpy' with cream and pear and almond tart with vanilla ice-cream.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere