Country inn in peaceful village run by hard-working chef-owners, contemporary décor, an informal atmosphere and excellent food; fine bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This is a special place to stay and the very well equipped, boutique-style bedrooms are in a separate building with private decks just a few metres from the River Avon; breakfasts are delicious and the bloody marys and bucks fizz are complimentary. Of course, the wonderful food in this thatched inn is the reason most customers are here (Mr and Mrs Manning are both top chefs), but they also keep a fine range of drinks. Locals congregate at high chairs by the counter for a pint and a chat: Andwell Ruddy Darter, Otter Amber and Stonehenge Pigswill on handpump, 30 wines by the glass, home-made cordial and quite a range of gins and malt whiskies. One long room is split into different areas by brick and green-planked uprights. A big woodburner sits in a brick inglenook fireplace at one end; at the other is a comfortable black leather sofa and armchairs, and in between are high-backed and farmhouse wooden dining chairs around various tables on bare boards or stone tiles, with pretty flowers and church candles dotted about. There's an additional dining room too, and a new private upstairs dining room has been added since the last Guide; background music. Outside, the terrace and grassed area above it have picnic-sets and tables and chairs. They make their own dog treats and can organise a packed lunch for walkers.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using home-reared pigs, their own eggs and home-grown produce (plus other local, seasonal specialities), the exceptional food includes sandwiches, warm crab tart, chicken, ham hock and leek terrine with pear chutney, pumpkin and black truffle tortelloni with hispi cabbage, cheese and toasted hazelnuts, duck breast with leg and pistachio pastille, salt-baked swede and anise roasting juices, monkfish with curried cauliflower, raisins, almonds, quinoa and pan juices, and puddings such as coconut sticky rice with lime curd, peanut crumb, fresh coconut and lime sherbert and Valrhona chocolate brownie with caramel popcorn and banana ice-cream; they also offer a two- and three-course set weekday lunch.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms