Old-fashioned drinkers' pub with lots of beers tapped straight from the cask, regular beer festivals, home-made lunchtime food and a cheery mix of customers
Good Pub Guide Recommended
You'd never believe this delightful and convivial country gem was so close to suburbia as it feels a world away. The cottagey main bar has plenty of unspoilt character, with lots of beams, brasses and exposed brickwork, low wooden tables, standing timbers, jugs, ballcocks and other bric-a-brac, a log fire, and a good few leaflets and notices about village events. A little flagstoned public bar on the left has darts, shove-ha'penny and board games. They keep Rebellion IPA and up to seven daily changing guests, sourced from all over the country and tapped straight from casks kept in a room behind the tiny hatch counter. Their Easter, May, Spring and August bank holiday beer festivals (they can get through about 130 beers during the May event) are highlights of the local calendar. This marvellous range of drinks extends to three farm ciders, still apple juice, a perry, belgian beers, eight wines by the glass, 15 malt whiskies and winter mulled wine. The canopied extension leads out to the garden where there are tables, the occasional barbecue and lots of hanging baskets; a few tables in front of the building overlook the quiet road. Good walks nearby, and the pub is handy for the Church Wood RSPB reserve and popular with walkers and cyclists; it's often crowded at weekends.
Good Pub Guide Food
Lunchtime bar food includes good sandwiches, a salad bar with home-cooked quiches and cold meats, changing hot dishes such as soup, sausages and lamb casserole, and proper puddings such as plum sponge and bread and butter pudding.
Good Pub Guide Information
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