Friendly old village pub with original features, fine old fireplaces, real ales and tasty food; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Although largely rebuilt during the 18th c, there are still features to search out that date back a couple of hundred years earlier such as the original masonry, beams and trusses. The L-shaped, low-ceilinged front bar (on two levels) has a woodburning stove in a huge old fireplace, lots of wheelback chairs and cushioned pews around pubby tables on a wood-strip floor and gold patterned wallpaper; it's a step up to an area in front of the bar counter where there are similar seats and tables and a log fire in a brick fireplace. Greene King Abbot, IPA, Speckled Hen and a beer named for the pub on handpump, around a dozen wines by the glass and several malt whiskies. There's a separate dining room with another brick fireplace. The sheltered garden has picnic-sets under parasols and the inn faces the tree-lined village green; nearby are the remains of a Norman castle and a Cluniac monastery.
Good Pub Guide Food
Popular food includes lunchtime sandwiches, twice-baked blue cheese soufflé with pear and watercress salad, duck and sweet potato hash cake, poached egg and home-made brown sauce, sharing platters, butternut squash risotto with parmesan, braised ham hock with grain mustard mash, pineapple purée, charred corn, crispy egg and cider sauce, cod with chorizo, butter beans, mussels and gremolata crumb, local venison loin with coffee, salsify, bacon and chocolate jus, and puddings.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar