Unpretentious place with diverting bric-a-brac, reasonably priced pubby bar food and garden with play area
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The several small linked rooms in this mainly 18th-c pub 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 Jennings Lakeland Stunner 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
As well as sandwiches, the newish chef offers fish dishes such as cajun salmon, sea bream with caper sauce and smoked haddock fishcakes, plus chicken, ham and leek pie, goats cheese and onion tart, gammon with pineapple, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding and apple crumble with custard.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere