Popular dining pub, civilised and traditional, nicely reworked with sporting theme; interesting modern food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The 20-times champion jump jockey A P McCoy co-owns this charming country pub that's usefully open all day. 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 and eight good wines by the glass 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
Rewarding food includes herbed scotch egg with curried mayonnaise, panko scampi with pea purée, chicken caesar salad, beer-battered haddock and triple-cooked chips, a tart of the day, potato gnocchi with mushrooms, parmesan and parsley cream with truffle, 10oz rib-eye steak with green peppercorn sauce, and puddings such as pannacotta with toffee sauce and chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and salted caramel ice-cream.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere