Smartly informal place with exceptional wines, real ales, first rate food and a good mix of customers
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The good ship Woods sails merrily on with high praise for all aspects of the place from our enthusiastic readers. There are satisfied diners to the right and happy lunchtime drinkers nursing their pints to the left; as the pub is on the edge of Exmoor, there are plenty of good sporting prints on salmon pink walls, antlers and other hunting trophies, stuffed birds and a couple of salmon rods. By the bar counter are bare boards, daily papers, tables partly separated by stable-style timbering and masonry dividers, and (on the right) a carpeted area with a woodburning stove in a big fireplace; maybe unobjectionable background music. The marvellous drinks choice includes Otter Ale and St Austell Cornish Best and Proper Job tapped from the cask, farm cider, many sherries and some unusual spirits - but it's the stunning wine list that draws the most attention. Mr Groves reckons he could put 1,000 different wines up on the bar and will open any of them (with a value of up to £100) for just a glass. He is there every night and will happily chat to tables of restaurant customers about any wines they might be interested in. Big windows look on to the quiet town centre (there's also a couple of metal tables on the pavement) and a small suntrap back courtyard has a few picnic-sets.
Good Pub Guide Food
Excellent food using their own farm produce includes sandwiches, seared mackerel fillet with cucumber linguine, spring onion, chilli and lime, confit duck and foie gras terrine with red onion marmalade and pickled wild mushrooms, goats cheese, asparagus and wild garlic risotto with caramelised walnut salad, cod fillet with shrimps, herb salad and caper nut brown butter, lamb loin and slow-roast shoulder with artichoke purée, fondant potato and thyme sauce, rib-eye steak with slow-roast tomato, fries and bordelaise butter, and puddings such as glazed lemon tart with coconut sorbet and citrus confit and stem ginger pannacotta with poached rhubarb and apricot sorbet.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere