Neatly kept little pub with a relaxed atmosphere and enjoyable food and beer
Good Pub Guide Recommended
As this attractively upgraded small country pub is on the Oxfordshire Way long-distance footpath it's just the place for a weekend lunch. There's a friendly, uncluttered feel - just a few pieces of contemporary artwork on green and cream paintwork, and the cosy bar has a woodburning stove, country-style chairs and plush or leather stools around solid tables on bare boards, Ringwood Best Bitter on handpump and six wines by the glass; background music. The pink-walled dining room has similar but more elegant furnishings and an open fire; a nice touch is the inner room with just a pair of Sheraton-style chairs around a single mahogany table. Doors open on to a neat walled garden with picnic-sets and interesting plants in pots and they've re-designed the courtyard this year. It's handy for the Roman villa at nearby North Leigh (English Heritage) but do note the pub's restricted opening hours.
Good Pub Guide Food
The popular food uses their own free-range eggs and some home-grown produce: sandwiches, smoked salmon pâté, goats cheese, walnut and pear salad, mediterranean vegetable lasagne, burger with relish and chips, lime-glazed chicken with shallot and mushroom stuffing and sautéed potatoes, salmon fillet with parmesan and parsley crust and creamy mushroom sauce, and puddings such as double chocolate brownie and brioche bread and butter pudding with blackberry coulis.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar