Unpretentious place with diverting bric-a-brac, reasonably priced pubby bar food and garden with play area
Good Pub Guide Recommended
A perfect break from the M1, this is an honest, enjoyable pub with a good mix of both locals and visitors. 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 IPA and Ruddles, Marstons Pedigree and a guest such as Green Jack Waxwing 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, cribbage and dominoes; background music. In the garden you'll find antiquated hand-operated farm machines, some with plants in their hoppers. The first thing that will catch your eye when you arrive will probably be a row of brightly coloured grain kibblers along the edge of the fairy-lit front terrace (with picnic-sets).
Good Pub Guide Food
Reasonably priced pubby food includes sandwiches, tempura mushrooms with garlic dip, farmhouse pâté with redcurrant sauce, vegetable curry, lasagne, cumberland sausage with onion gravy, steak pie, tuna steak with home-made salsa and puddings such as jam sponge and apple pie, both with custard.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere