Smart dining pub with impressive food, good range of drinks including seven real ales and attractive grounds
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Although most customers in this former farmhouse are here for the excellent food, they do keep a fine choice of drinks too: Bass, Black Sheep, Belhaven Grand Slam, Black Sheep, Greene King IPA, Marstons Pedigree and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump, 22 wines by the glass or carafe (including prosecco, champagne and sweet wines), Belvoir organic ginger beer and 17 malt whiskies; staff are neatly uniformed. There's a civilised and comfortably relaxed atmosphere, warm log fires in Jacobean fireplaces, fresh flowers and candlelight, and it's smartly decorated with period fabrics and colours, antique furniture and hunting prints; dominoes and cards. The main dining room is now painted in a warm red with new gold silk curtains. The lawned garden (with summer croquet and barbecues) backs on to National Trust parkland. Do visit the church opposite and Colston Bassett Dairy (just outside the village) which produces and sells its own stilton cheese.
Good Pub Guide Food
Highly enjoyable food includes lunchtime sandwiches, belly pork with smoked eel, rarebit, apples and piccalilli, home-smoked salmon with yuzu, fennel, chargrilled cucumber, keta and seaweed cracker, burger with stilton, short rib, relish, truffle and parmesan chips, black pudding sausages with mixed grains and red wine jus, stone bass with crab mousse, ratte potato, passion fruit, samphire and butter sauce, venison loin with beetroot, parsnip, black pudding and chocolate, and puddings such as rhubarb crumble soufflé and pineapple pannacotta with roast pineapple and coconut sorbet.
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