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Thankfully, little changes in this country gem and you can still be sure of a warmly friendly welcome and a fine choice of up to eight real ales. As well as Rebellion IPA, they keep 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 a highlight on the local calendar. This marvellous range of drinks extends to three farm ciders, still apple juice, a perry, belgian beers, 11 wines by the glass, 11 malt whiskies and winter mulled wine. 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 and board games. A canopied extension leads out to the garden where there are tables and occasional barbecues, and there are lots of hanging baskets and a couple more tables in front of the building overlooking the quiet road. Good walks nearby, and the pub is handy for the Church Wood RSPB reserve and popular with walkers and cyclists; it can get crowded at weekends.