Popular dining pub, civilised and traditional, nicely reworked with sporting theme; interesting modern food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
There are plenty of walks and things to see and do around this rather civilised village pub, so it's helpful that they're open all day. 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 horse-racing winners Caughoo, Foinavon, 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. 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 such as St George & the Dragon on handpump, 13 good wines by the glass, nicely served coffees; neatly dressed young staff. 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.
Good Pub Guide Food
Interesting food includes ham terrine with red onion jam, smoked haddock fishcake with chowder, butternut squash, chive and pecorino risotto, a pie of the week, beer-battered fish with triple-cooked chips, pork chops with black pudding mash and apple purée, gressingham duck breast with shitake mushrooms and thyme and banana shallot, and puddings such as vanilla pannacotta with berries and warm chocolate brownie.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere