Highly thought-of dining pub with excellent food, a fine range of drinks and upbeat rustic décor; inviting bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Civilised but easy-going and genuinely friendly, this is a special place with every aspect carefully thought out. The back bar is quite pubby in an up-to-date way, with four leather sofas around a low table on pitted quarry tiles by a high slate hearth with a log fire. Behind them are mixed stripped seats around scrubbed kitchen tables on bare boards, and a bright blue and ochre colour scheme with some modern prints. The acoustics are pretty lively, due to so much bare flooring and uncurtained windows; background music, board games and plenty of books. Efficient staff serve interesting drinks, many from smaller independent suppliers, including well chosen wines (18 by the glass and carafe and they have a wine shop), welsh spirits, cocktails, local bottled cider, locally sourced apple juice, non-alcoholic cocktails made with produce from their garden, unusual continental and local bottled beers and a range of sherries. There's Coastal Drummer Boy, Montys Pale Ale and Wye Valley Butty Bach on handpump. The two smallish front dining rooms that link to the back bar are attractive. On the left: mixed dining chairs around mainly stripped tables on flagstones and white-painted rough stone walls, with a cream-coloured Aga in a big stripped-stone embrasure. On the right: similar furniture on bare boards, big modern prints on terracotta walls and smart dark curtains. Children can play with the landlady's dog and visit the chickens in the henhouse. Dogs may sit with owners at certain tables while dining. There are seats and tables outside. The inn makes a fine base for exploring the area, with comfortable, tastefully decorated bedrooms and hearty breakfasts that are nicely informal - you make your own toast and help yourself to home-made marmalade and jam. Good wheelchair access.
Good Pub Guide Food
Exceptional food using home-grown and other local produce includes pig cheek with carrot and apple slaw and barbecue sauce, mackerel with celeriac, pear and air-dried ham, potato gnocchi with spring onion, goats curd, pine nuts and asparagus velouté, smoked local sausage with baby leeks, jerusalem artichoke and apple, coq au vin, duck leg with pomme purée, peas, asparagus and pancetta and gem lettuce fricassée, hake with celeriac, sesame, brown crab and soy butter, and puddings such as chocolate pave with redcurrants and mint and gooseberry and apple compote with sugar crumb and sorbet.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms