Lovely old interior, candlelit at night, with tasty, fairly-priced food, real ales and country garden
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Like a step back in time, you almost expect a Dickens character to pop into this unspoilt old pub. It's full of character with mullioned windows, a 17th-c kitchen range with gleaming copper pots, a venerable wall clock, rush-seated old chairs and antique settles (note the ancient one in black solid oak), beams hung with pewter mugs and shelves lined with embossed Doulton stoneware flagons. There's a panelled Georgian room and, to the left of a small hatch-served lobby, a cosy beamed room with stripped panelled settles, scrubbed-top tables and a blazing fire under a huge mantelbeam. Marstons Pedigree and up to three guests on handpump; cribbage, dominoes, cards. The inviting garden has tables that look out to idyllic silvery-walled pastures, and there are benches in the small front yard. The large car park has level access into the pub.
Good Pub Guide Food
Tasty food (the Value Award is for lunchtime food) includes lunchtime sandwiches and baguettes, fried mackerel with gooseberry and elderflower dressing, pigeon breast on bubble and squeak with port syrup, a trio of local sausages with onion gravy, cheese, leek and potato cakes with leek compote, steak in Guinness pie, beer-battered fish and chips, duo of lamb (cannon and mini shepherd's pie) with rosemary jus, and puddings such as apple and cinnamon crumble and black cherry and white chocolate torte.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar