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Good Pub Guide Recommended
This is a charming country pub in a quiet village just outside Marlborough. The three small linked rooms have flagstones or bare boards, hops on beams, and mainly plain pub furnishings such as chapel chairs and a long-cushioned pew; one room has a more cosseted feel, with panelling and a comfortable banquette. The décor celebrates unlikely winners, such as 100-1 Grand National winners Coughoo and Fuinavon, Mr Spooner's Only Dreams (a 100-1 winner at Leicester in 2007), or the odd-gaited little Seabiscuit who cheered many thousands of Americans with his dogged pursuit of victory during the Depression years. There's a splendid log fire in the big main fireplace and maybe fresh flowers and candlelight; background music and board games. Wadworths IPA and 6X and a guest like Horizon on handpump, quite a few good wines by the glass, nicely served coffees, and neatly dressed young staff. A suntrap side terrace has contemporary metal-framed granite-topped tables and the good-sized garden has sturdy rustic tables and benches under ash trees; they have private access to the local playing fields and children's play area.
Good Pub Guide Food
Good, interesting food includes eggs benedict, piquillo pepper and black pudding stack with a fried egg, mezze and charcuterie boards, cajun chicken in creamy dressing, potato gnocchi with tomato and chilli sauce, beer-battered fresh fish and chips, barbary duck breast with rosemary mash, smoked pancetta and baby onions, lamb rump with chorizo, pepper and chickpea stew and puddings such as warm chocolate brownie and apple crumble with home-made vanilla custard.