Thatched pub with comfortable rambling rooms, interesting food and local beers and seats outside; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Several distinct areas in this busy thatched inn work their way around the bar counter. To the left is a longish room with dark red walls, a squashy leather sofa and two winged armchairs around a low table by an open fire - plus a few well spaced tables and captain's chairs. There are elegant rustic wall lights, clay pipes in a display cabinet, local papers or magazines to read and board games. A more dimly lit public bar with lovely dark flagstones has a high-backed old settle and other more straightforward chairs; table skittles and background music. In the good-sized dining room a large stone lion's head sits on a plinth above a large open fire, and tables and chairs are set on polished boards. There's Lyme Regis Cobb Bitter, Otter Ale and Teignworthy Reel Ale on handpump, 18 wines by the glass and cocktails. The Den, set in a pretty courtyard, has light modern furnishings, a summer wood-fired pizza oven and a brasserie-style menu, and doubles as a party, wedding and conference venue. The long informal garden has a play area and plenty of seats. The bedrooms are comfortable and well equipped and the pub is handy for the Fleet Air Museum at Yeovilton, the Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford and for shopping at Clarks Village in Street. Wheelchair access.
Good Pub Guide Food
Well thought of food includes lunchtime sandwiches, crayfish cocktail, duck liver parfait, roasted swede risotto with spinach and truffle oil, sausages and mash with red wine jus, salmon fishcake with wilted spinach and lemon mayonnaise, confit pork belly with butterbeans, crackling and honey and cider jus, duck with potato and pancetta terrine and jus, line-caught bass with celeriac purée, bacon and red wine sauce, and puddings such as crème brûlée and banoffi pie with coconut ice-cream.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar