Carefully refurbished village pub with a friendly welcome, real ales and highly rated food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The chef-owner and his wife run this neatly kept 18th-c village inn with a great deal of care and enthusiasm. The beamed front bar is traditional and simply furnished with pubby stools and chairs on bare floorboards, and has an open fire, artwork by local artists on the walls and plenty of original features. They keep quickly changing ales from small local breweries including Three Tuns (brewed by Betteridge), a seasonal beer from Butcombe and West Berkshire Swift Pale Ale on handpump, 14 wines by the glass, several malt whiskies, gins and vodkas and Sheppy's farm cider. French doors in the back dining room lead into the garden where there are tables and chairs and an outdoor grill. The Kennet & Avon Canal runs through the village and the pub is on the edge of Savernake Forest, which has lovely walks and cycle routes.
Good Pub Guide Food
Cooked by the landlord using seasonal ingredients from local producers and making everything in-house, the particularly good food includes goose rillettes with gherkins, pear, pomegranate, walnut and gorgonzola salad, chanterelle mushroom and black truffle ragoût, crispy chicken thighs with jerusalem artichokes, kale and mash, cod with iberico chorizo, roasted red peppers and aioli, venison faggots with sticky red cabbage and mash, and puddings such as vanilla burnt cream and rhubarb and passionfruit mess with white chocolate ice-cream.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere, Dogs Bar
in: Childrens Indoors Rest