Full of history and character, fascinating antiques in rambling rooms, and good choice of drinks and food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The rambling rooms in this ancient place (it's been trading for nearly 900 years and the leaflet documenting the pub's history is very interesting) 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. As well as brewing their own Britannia Pale, 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.
Good Pub Guide Food
Traditional, hearty food includes lunchtime baguettes (until 5pm), gin-cured gravadlax with beetroot and horseradish sauce, devilled lambs kidneys on a fried crouton, gnocchi with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan, sausages and mash with onion gravy, steak and kidney pudding, fish pie, pork belly with bubble and squeak and apple sauce and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and crème brûlée.
Good Pub Guide Information
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