Busy old pub with plenty of character, a fine range of drinks, well liked bar food and friendly staff; bedrooms
There's always a good mix of regulars and visitors at this 17th-c inn - all are welcomed by the licensees and their friendly staff. The beamed lounge bar of two character rooms contains handsomely carved antique settles, windsor and wheelback chairs, all sorts of wooden tables, guns and hunting prints in a snug area by one of the big inglenook fireplaces, and fresh flowers. They keep a fantastic range of drinks including a beer named for the pub from Branscombe Vale and two changing guests such as Bays Up and Under and Cotleigh Harrier on handpump, 32 wines by the glass from a list of 200, 262 whiskies and a farm cider. 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
Bar food times: 12 - 2, 6.30 - 9 (9.30 Fri, Sat) ; 12 - 3, 7 - 9 Sun
As well as pubby favourites such as game terrine or cumin and honey-glazed ham and free-range eggs, the inventive choices might include rabbit tortellini with bacon and tarragon foam and pancetta crisps, panko-crumbed goats cheese crotin with beetroot and carrot salad, walnut and sultana dressing and popping candy, fish of the day, herb-crusted pork fillet with crisp belly and black pudding, and puddings such as apple tart with crème anglaise and calvados cream, and dark chocolate mousse with earl grey ice-cream.