Popular dining pub, civilised and traditional, nicely reworked with sporting theme; interesting modern food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
A very enjoyable and well kept little pub, this is comfortable, cosy and set in a pretty village; it's also co-owned by 20-times champion jump jockey A P McCoy. The three small linked rooms have hops on beams, flagstones or bare boards, 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 horse-racing winners Caughoo, Foinavon, Mr Spooner's Only Dreams (a 100-1 winner at Leicester in 2007) and the odd-gaited little Seabiscuit who cheered many thousands of americans with his dogged pursuit of victory during the Depression. There's a splendid log fire in the big main fireplace and maybe fresh flowers and candlelight; background music and board games. Wadworths IPA, 6X and a guest from Wadworths on handpump, eight good wines by the glass and lovely coffee served by neatly dressed young staff; background music, board games and TV. A suntrap side terrace has contemporary tables with metal frames and granite tops, while 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. There are plenty of walks and things to see and do nearby.
Good Pub Guide Food
A wide choice of good food might include panko-breaded langoustine tails with pea purée, herbed scotch egg with pork crackling and curried mayonnaise, pea, goats curd and pea shoot risotto, home-baked ham eggs benedict, beer-battered haddock with triple-cooked chips, a tart of the day, cajun chicken with potato, green bean and shallot salad, rib-eye steak with green peppercorn sauce and puddings such as chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce and sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere