Good Pub Guide Recommended
Popular with a wide mix of customers cyclists, walkers with their dogs and families this is an unspoilt local tucked away in the woods. The cosy and unchanging rooms have spindleback and armed 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 shiny wooden traditional wall seats and a coal fire, and beyond is another room with country kitchen chairs and sensibly placed darts. Nethergate Viper Vipa and Mighty Oak Jake the Snake (both brewed for the pub) and Oscar Wilde, and a couple of quickly changing guests from brewers such as Crouch Vale and Mr Grundys on handpump and Westons Scrumpy and Perry. Live bands play during their Easter and August beer festivals and morris men sometimes dance outside. The pub cat is called Millie and the west highland terrier, Jimmy; dominoes and cribbage. Tables on the lawn overlook a beautifully tended cottage garden - a dazzling mass of colour in summer, further enhanced at the front by overflowing hanging baskets and window boxes.
Good Pub Guide Food
Promptly served simple lunchtime food includes duck liver pâté, chicken curry with mango chutney, chilli con carne, meaty or vegetarian lasagne, sausage and mash with onion gravy and puddings such as apple crumble with custard and chocolate pudding. The tasty bread comes from the local baker just a mile away.