Good Pub Guide Recommended
The style of this handsome 1920s Brunning & Price pub, done up a few years ago, will be familiar to anyone who has visited other outposts in this successful chain. Though big and usually busy, it's intimate and friendly, with its welcoming atmosphere, helped along by kindly capable staff. A series of linked areas, one with a broad arched ceiling, has plenty of tables in all shapes and sizes, some quite elegant, and a loosely matching diversity of comfortable chairs, all laid out in a way that's fine for eating but serves equally well for just drinking and chatting. There are masses of attractive prints, three open fires and a few oriental rugs on polished parquet, boards or attractive floor tiling; big windows and careful lighting contribute to the relaxed atmosphere; board games. The handsome bar counter, with a decent complement of bar stools, serves an excellent changing range of about 18 wines by the glass and 50 malt whiskies; Phoenix Brunning & Price Original, Three Tuns XXX, Woods Shropshire Lad and three guests from brewers such as Newmans, Slaters and Titanic, are on handpump. Although highchairs are provided, pushchairs and baby buggies are not allowed; good disabled access. The spreading garden is quite lovely, with a sunny terrace, picnic-sets tucked into the shade of mature trees and extensive views across quiet country fields.
Good Pub Guide Food
As well as sandwiches, well liked food served in generous helpings from a changing menu, might include carrot and coriander soup, grilled mackerel with sundried tomato and basil crème fraîche, grilled trout fillet with confit garlic and sorrel and hazelnut risotto, beef stir fry, mushroom cannelloni, kedgeree, beer-braised ox cheek with parsley and horseradish dumplings, lambs liver and onions, pork belly with apple and sage sauce, battered haddock, and puddings such as chocolate brownie, passion fruit cheesecake, and ginger and rhubarb steamed pudding.