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Good Pub Guide Recommended
There's a fantastic range of drinks in this 17th-c inn. As well as a beer named for the pub from Branscombe Vale and two changing guests such as Branscombe Vale Exe Valley Bitter and Dartmoor Legend on handpump, they keep 29 wines by the glass from a list of 200 wines, 262 whiskies, and a farm cider. The two character rooms of the beamed lounge bar have handsomely carved antique settles, windsor and wheelback chairs, quite a mix of wooden tables, guns and hunting prints in a snug area by one of the big inglenook fireplaces and fresh flowers; service is friendly and helpful. The restaurant is more formal. There are picnic-sets in the pretty garden with views of the surrounding wooded hill pastures. The medieval stained glass in the local church is some of the best in the west country.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using produce from local growers and producers, the good, often inventive food might include sandwiches, potted brown shrimps, chicken liver parfait wrapped in prune butter with fig and grape chutney, ricotta, sun-blush tomato and basil roulade with beetroot three ways, beer-battered fish with tartare sauce, home-cooked ham with cider and cumin glaze and free-range eggs, slow-cooked pork belly with butternut squash purée and cider sauce, local mussels in white wine and cream with chips, duck breast with a port and orange reduction and red wine sauce and puddings like hot chocolate fondant with peanut butter centre and Horlicks ice-cream and mango parfait with mango coulis, fruit salsa and coconut sorbet.