Delightfully unpretentious, with local ales, simple pub food and no modern intrusions
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The cottage garden at this quiet old-fashioned country local is a mass of colour in summer with the pub almost hidden by overflowing hanging baskets and window boxes; the lawn has some seats and tables. Inside, the cosy, unchanging rooms have spindleback and country kitchen chairs and tapestried wall seats around neat little old tables, and a log fire. The fairly basic parquet-floored tap room is more simply furnished with traditional wooden wall seats and a coal fire; beyond is another room with country kitchen chairs and sensibly placed darts. As well as a couple of beers named for the pub, there might be Viper (named for the pub from Nethergate), Jake the Snake (named for them from Mighty Oak), Animal Big Bang, Canterbury Nitro Engenius and Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde on handpump, plus Weston's scrumpy and perry. Live bands play at their Easter and August beer festivals, and morris dancers sometimes appear outside. The pub cat is called Millie and the west highland terrier, Jimmy. There are plenty of walkers, cyclists and families, particularly at weekends.
Good Pub Guide Food
Simple lunchtime-only food includes sandwiches, baked potatoes, pâté with toast, cottage pie, sausages with beans and gravy, chicken curry, beef stew with dumplings, and puddings such as spotted dick with custard and apple crumble.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar