Good Pub Guide Recommended
Always bustling and friendly, this spotlessly kept 1920s pub is extremely well run. It's a big place but there are cosy corners too, and the courteous 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 works 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, 40 malt whiskies, 20 gins and Phoenix Brunning & Price Original, Three Tuns XXX, Woods Shropshire Lad and three guests such as Beartown Peach Melbear, Goffs Mordred and Wye Valley Bitter 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 includes sandwiches, smoked salmon roulade with grapefruit, fennel and chicory salad, a charcuterie plate for two, pea, chickpea and coriander cakes with mint yoghurt, chicken, ham hock and leek pie, rare-breed pork, chilli and fennel sausages with onion gravy, duck three-ways (honey-glazed breast, confit leg and faggot) with parsnip purée and port jus, salmon, smoked haddock and prawn pie, and puddings such as waffle with boozy cherries and toffee sauce and crème brûlée.