Haunch of Venison
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Good Pub Guide Recommended
This ancient pub is really worth exploring whilst enjoying a pint of Courage Best, Hop Back GFB and Summer Lightning and Salisbury English Ale on handpump from a unique pewter bar counter - there's also a rare set of antique taps for gravity-fed spirits and liqueurs, 60 malt whiskies and several wines by the glass. Both the tiny downstairs rooms have a great deal of character and atmosphere and date back to 1320 when the place was used by craftsmen working on the cathedral spire. There are massive beams in the white ceiling, stout oak benches built into the timbered walls, black and white floor tiles, and an open fire. A tiny snug (popular with locals, but historically said to be where the ladies drank) opens off the entrance lobby. Halfway up the stairs is a panelled room they call the House of Lords, which has a small-paned window looking down on to the main bar and a splendid fireplace that dates back to the building's early years; behind glass in a small wall slit is the smoke-preserved mummified hand of an 18th-c card sharp still clutching his cards.
Good Pub Guide Food
Bar food includes creamy garlic mushrooms on toast, spiced ham hock terrine with piccalilli, creamy wild mushrooms and soft cheese puff pastry, venison and redcurrant sausages with red wine and onion gravy, smoked haddock, salmon and spring onion fishcake, free-range chicken with lemon and thyme butter, crackled pork belly with cider mustard sauce and spring onion mash, bass fillet with vegetable spaghetti and basil pesto and puddings.