Bustling inn with relaxed bars and more formal restaurant, good ales and wines and enjoyable food; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The hands-on landlord here remains as enthusiastic as ever and his staff are friendly and efficient. It's a smart place and the main bar has an appealing assortment of local art (all for sale) on dark mulberry or cream walls, nice old carved wooden dining chairs and pine pews around a mix of tables, a slate floor and a woodburning stove. Leading off is a cosy room with sofas and newspapers on low tables. Butcombe Bitter, Wadworths 6X and a guest beer on handpump are served from the rather fine granite bar counter; they also keep 14 wines by the glass, nine malt whiskies and local farm cider. To the left of the main door is an informal dining room with Jacobean-style chairs and tables on a pale wooden floor and more local artwork. The back restaurant (past the open kitchen which is fun to peek into) has decorative wood and glass mirrors, wicker or black leather high-backed dining chairs around chunky, polished, pale wooden tables on coir carpeting, and handsome striped curtains. The attractive courtyard at the back of the inn has chrome and wicker chairs around teak tables under green parasols; a smokers' shelter overlooks a croquet lawn. The comfortable bedrooms are well equipped and contemporary.
Good Pub Guide Food
Imaginative food includes sandwiches, smoked chicken and ham hock terrine with piccalilli, tempura king prawns with chilli dipping sauce, steak burger with crumbled stilton and red onion marmalade, cod with puy lentils, chorizo, baby spinach and madeira jus, saffron, courgette and pea risotto, Josper-cooked loin of pork with stir-fried broccoli, sugar snap peas, samphire and sesame ginger and egg noodles, venison steak with pomme purée, marinated beetroot and port jus, and puddings such as key lime pie with blueberry sorbet and carrot cake with beetroot ice-cream and carrot curd.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar