Busy old pub with plenty of character, a fine range of drinks, well liked bar food and friendly staff; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
In summer, try to bag one of the picnic-sets in the pretty garden with views of the surrounding wooded hill pastures. Inside, 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; board games. An extraordinary range of drinks includes a beer named for the pub from Branscombe Vale and two changing guests such as Bays Topsail and Piddle Martyrs Relief on handpump, 30 wines by the glass from a list of 200, 270 malt whiskies and three farm ciders. The restaurant is more formal. Do visit the local church, which has some of the best medieval stained glass in the west country.
Good Pub Guide Food
Tasty food includes panko-crumbed squid with chilli mayonnaise, ham hock and madeira-soaked date terrine with madeira syrup, brie and red onion marmalade flan with coleslaw and sweet potato fries, rabbit with celeriac fondant, glazed onions and chestnuts and rabbit sauce, rack of ribs in honey, soy, paprika, lime and ginger with fries, fish of the day with sauce véronique, and puddings such as chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and orange posset.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar