Good Pub Guide Recommended
What a delight' and what a splendid pub' are just two comments from our readers on this handsome, spotlessly kept 1920s pub. Though big and usually busy (with some cosy corners too), the friendly staff cope well with the crowds. 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, 50 malt whiskies and Phoenix Brunning & Price Original, Three Tuns XXX, Woods Shropshire Lad and three guests like Goffs Tournament, Lymestone Stone Cutter and Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale on handpump; 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
Good, enjoyable food from an extensive menu includes sandwiches, duck liver pâté with red onion jam, pork and black pudding croquettes with tarragon dressing, aubergine parmigiana, pork sausages with mash and onion gravy, crab linguine with ginger, chilli and coriander, chicken with wild mushrooms pasta and parmesan, braised pork belly on rice noodles with sticky teriyaki glaze, slow-cooked rose veal with chive and saffron risotto, lamb rump with greek salad and puddings such as treacle tart with mascarpone and raspberries and waffle with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream.