Busy old pub with plenty of character, a fine range of drinks, well liked bar food and friendly staff; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
An extraordinary range of drinks in this 17th-c inn includes a beer named for the pub from Branscombe Vale and two changing guests such as Cotleigh Old Hooker Still Game and Exe Valley Bitter on handpump, 30 wines by the glass from a list of 200, 270 malt whiskies and three farm ciders. 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. The restaurant is more formal. There are picnic-sets in the pretty garden with views of the surrounding wooded hill pastures. The local church has some of the best medieval stained glass in the west country.
Good Pub Guide Food
Quite a choice of popular food using seasonal, local produce includes ham hock and madeira-soaked date terrine with madeira syrup, home-smoked salmon with horseradish cream, butternut squash and sage risotto, home-cooked ham and eggs, burger with toppings and french fries, sea bream with a soft herb crust and creamed leeks, venison, spinach and braised shoulder tortellini with parnsip purée, potato and celeriac gratin and juniper jus and puddings such as chocolate brownie and treacle tart.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar