Good Pub Guide Recommended
On a bitterly cold and wet lunchtime inspection visit to this elegantly furnished pub we were warmly welcomed by the friendly staff and an open log fire. L-shaped and opened up, it has an easy-going, civilised feel and nice little touches such as a rosemary plant and tiny metal buckets of salt and pepper on the scrubbed kitchen tables, dog-motif cushions, a screen made up of wine box sides, a methuselah of wine on the counter and candles in big glass jars. An attractive mix of seats takes in spindlebacks, captains and chapel chairs, some built into the bow windows plus the odd cushioned settle, and there are big terracotta floor tiles, hound, hunting and a couple of blown up antique spoon and knife photographs, a master of hounds picture and prints of early 19th-c scientists, and lantern-style wall lights. A second log fire has fender seats to each side and leather chesterfields in front and there's a stuffed heron and a grouse and daily papers. Butcombe Bitter, Fullers London Pride, Ramsbury Gold on handpump and good wines by the glass; you can buy wine from their shop, too. At the front of the building are some seats and tables under parasols with more up steps in the raised garden where there's also an outdoor kitchen pavilion. The bedrooms are comfortable and pretty and there's a self-catering cottage opposite.
Good Pub Guide Food
Delicious food using the best local, seasonal produce includes lunchtime sandwiches, rabbit and gherkin on toast, beetroot and dandelion salad with crottin de chavignol cheese, beer-battered line caught fish and chips, twice-baked cheddar cheese soufflé, venison and steak haché with fried egg, wild garlic chicken kiev with slaw, merguez sausage with pommes purée and wine sauce, black bream fillet with smoked eel chowder and puddings such as apple doughnuts with toffee sauce and mulled cider and hot chocolate toasted sandwich with vanilla ice-cream.