Super range of beers in welcoming country pub, with spacious bar, open fire and good interesting food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Parts of this friendly old inn date back to the 13th c, though much of what you see inside is 17th-c. The low-ceilinged bar is spacious but cosily traditional, with a chatty, relaxed atmosphere, a roaring log fire, creaky floors, window shutters, candles in bottles on the tables, miners' lamps on uneven walls, and comfortable furnishings that include cushioned window seats, wall settles and rod-backed country kitchen chairs. The charming, warmly friendly landlady and her helpful staff keep a fine choice of real ales on handpump from breweries such as Bath, Cotswold Lion, Otter, RHC, Wye Valley and a couple of changing guests. Also, several wines by the glass and a couple of farm ciders; newspapers to read, perhaps quiet background jazz and board games. The walled garden has picnic-sets, with more out in front, and the pub is popular with walkers and their dogs. The church, known as the Cathedral of the Forest, is worth a visit.
Good Pub Guide Food
Popular and very good, the food includes duck liver parfait and duck mousse with red onion marmalade, goose rillettes with gooseberry and elderflower jelly, smoked haddock in cream, egg and horseradish topped with dauphinoise potatoes and mozzarella, pasta with tomato and basil sauce topped with parmesan, pork ribs in tangy sauce with garlic bread, corn-fed chicken with smoked pancetta and madeira sauce and potato rösti, rack of lamb with mint and pea cream, and puddings.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar