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Good Pub Guide Recommended
With fair value, tasty food and well kept ales, this golden stone pub makes a good break from the M1. The several small linked rooms have all manner of entertaining bric-a-brac hanging from the ceilings and packed into nooks and crannies. It includes brassware (one fireplace is a grotto of large brass animals), colourful relief plates, 1930s cigarette cards, railway memorabilia and advertising signs, World War II posters and rope fancywork. The nice old cash till on one of the two counters is wishfully stuck at one and a ha'penny: Banks's Bitter, Greene King Ruddles, Marstons Pedigree and a guest such as Ringwood Best on handpump. Most of the furnishings are properly pubby, with the odd easy chair. There are beams and low ceilings (one painted with a fine sunburst), partly glazed dividing panels, steps between some areas, rugs on parquet, red tiles or flagstones, a big inglenook log fire, and up on the left a room with full-sized hood skittles, a games machine, darts, Sky TV, cribbage and dominoes; background music. In the garden you'll find antiquated hand-operated farm machines, some with plants in their hoppers and the first thing that will catch your eye when you arrive will probably be a row of bright blue grain kibblers along the edge of the fairy-lit front terrace (with picnic-sets).