Full of history and character, with fascinating antiques in rambling rooms, and good choice of drinks and food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Until after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 (when Charles I hid in the high rafters of what is now its food bar), this ancient pub used to be called the Ship. It's been trading for nearly 900 years and the leaflet documenting the pub's history is really interesting. The rambling rooms have some fine old features to look out for: huge black ship's timbers, lovely worn floors, carved oak panelling, roaring winter fires with handsomely decorated iron firebacks and cluttered mantelpieces - there's also 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. Chiltern Ale and Elgoods Windsor Knot plus four changing guests on handpump, 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.
Good Pub Guide Food
Honest, hearty food includes lunchtime sandwiches and baguettes, gin and beetroot-cured salmon with horseradish and beetroot purée, charcuterie plate, local sausages with onion gravy, chicken caesar salad, vegetable curry, steak and kidney pudding, fish pie, lamb shoulder with sautéed potatoes, lambs liver and bacon, and puddings such as crème brûlée and hot chocolate fondant.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere