A delightfully eclectic layout and décor, remarkable choice of ales, tasty lunchtime bar food and warmly welcoming atmosphere
Good Pub Guide Recommended
A favourite with many readers, this cheerful pub is always packed with customers keen to enjoy the marvellous range of ales and easy-going atmosphere. A series of snug, individually decorated rooms, separated by a couple of steps and with two open fires, have leather armchairs, pews sometimes arranged as booths and a mix of tables (including sturdy ones stained different colours). There are bare boards here, flagstones there, carpet elsewhere, plenty of interesting pictures and homely touches such as house plants, shelves of well thumbed books and daily papers; board games. If you struggle to choose from the 15 or so beers on handpump, you'll be offered a taster by the professional, friendly staff: Banks's Bitter, Bathams Best Bitter, Brains Rev James, Burning Sky Plateau, Burton Bridge Sovereign Gold, Connoisseur Lucem, Jennings Cumberland, Marstons Pedigree New World, Otter Bitter, Purity Pure Ubu, Ringwood Fortyniner, St Georges Charger, Dragons Blood and Friar Tuck, and Woods Shropshire Lad. Also, two farm ciders, 30 malt whiskies, a dozen gins, ten bottled craft ales/lagers and ten wines by the glass including pudding ones. The front terrace and garden have picnic-sets, benches and rustic tables as well as parasols and heaters.
Good Pub Guide Food
Tasty lunchtime food includes sandwiches, various ploughman's, home-cooked ham and eggs, beef bourguignon, mediterranean vegetable lasagne and beer-battered cod and chips, with evening meals (served in the barn extension dining room only) such as chicken liver pâté, wild mushroom and asparagus risotto, slow-braised pork belly with chorizo hash and cider glaze, oak-smoked duck breast ballotine with caramelised cabbage and shallots, fondant potato and juniper jus, seared lambs liver with smoked bacon jus, and puddings.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere