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Good Pub Guide Recommended
Our readers thoroughly enjoy this ancient place one has been coming here for 50 years and says it still looks the same inside. It's been trading for nearly 900 years (the leaflet documenting the pub's history is really 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, Elgoods, Rebellion, 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 programmes such as Midsomer Murders. They also own the Harte & Magpies in Coleshill and Red Lion at Penn.
Good Pub Guide Food
Some kind of popular food from a wide menu, is served all day: sandwiches (until 5pm), home-made pâté, moules marinière , home-made sausages and mash with onion gravy, ham and eggs, a seasonal vegetarian risotto, steak and kidney pudding, lambs liver and bacon, pork belly with bubble and squeak and apple sauce, duck breast with dauphinoise potatoes and orange sauce, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding and pear and almond frangipane with ice-cream.