Haunch of Venison
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Both the tiny downstairs rooms here have a great deal of character and atmosphere and date from 1320, when the place was used by craftsmen working on the spire of Salisbury Cathedral. There are massive beams in the white ceiling, stout oak benches built into 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. Courage Best, Hop Back GFB and Summer Lightning, Ringwood Fortyniner 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 a dozen wines by the glass; background music and board games. Halfway up the stairs is a panelled room they call the House of Lords, which has a small-paned window looking down to the main bar - and a splendid fireplace that dates from 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 lunchtime sandwiches, ham hock terrine with piccalilli, creamy garlic wild mushrooms on toast, ham and free-range eggs, smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes, venison burger with pickles and chips, chicken in lemon thyme butter with dauphinoise potatoes, pork belly with cider and mustard sauce, and puddings.