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
Even when this charming country gem is packed there's always a good-natured, convivial atmosphere and a fantastic 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 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, 12 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. The canopied extension leads out to the garden where there are tables and 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
Bar food times: 12 - 2 (2.30 weekends)
Lunchtime bar food includes good sandwiches, a salad bar with home-cooked quiches and cold meats, and changing hot dishes such as soup, sausages, smashing steak and mushroom pie, lamb casserole and proper puddings such as plum sponge and bread and butter pudding.