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Good Pub Guide Recommended
A wonderful muddle of ancient things in a fascinating warren of rooms,' is how one reader happily describes this ancient place. It's been trading for nearly 900 years (the leaflet documenting the pub's history is very interesting) and there are some fine old features to look out for. The rambling rooms have huge black ship's timbers, lovely worn floors, carved old oak panelling, roaring winter fires with handsomely decorated iron firebacks and cluttered mantelpieces, and there's a massive settle apparently built to fit the curved transom of an Elizabethan ship. Nooks and crannies are filled with a collection of antiques, including rifles, powder-flasks and bugles, ancient pewter and pottery tankards, lots of tarnished brass and copper, needlework samplers and richly coloured stained glass. As well as brewing their own Britannia Pale and Gold, they keep six changing guests from other breweries such as Brakspears, Chiltern,Rebellion, Vale and Windsor & Eton; there's also a carefully annotated list of bottled beers and malt whiskies, farm ciders, perry, somerset brandy and around a dozen wines by the glass. You can sit outside in a neatly hedged front rose garden or under the shade of a tree; look out for the red gargoyle on the wall facing the car park. The inn is used regularly for filming television programmes such as Midsomer Murders. They also own the Red Lion at Penn.
Good Pub Guide Food
As well as a weekday two- and three-course set lunch menu, the good, fairly priced popular food includes lunchtime sandwiches and baguettes, chicken liver pâté, moules marinière, walnut, apple and stilton salad, chicken, leek and mushroom pie, a fish dish of the day, duck in orange sauce, lambs liver and bacon, and puddings such as treacle sponge pudding and custard and chocolate mousse.