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The décor at this thriving place is genuinely individual and entertaining. Giant Timorous Beasties' bees are papered on to the bar ceiling and a stag's head looms proudly out of the wall above a log fire. Nicely simple pale grey, off-white and cream surfaces explode into striking bold wallpaper; there's a magnified hunting print and surprisingly angled bright tartans. The island bar has half a dozen well kept and sensibly priced ales such as Acorn Barnsley Gold, Merlins Gold, Redwillow Wreckless, Stonehouse Station, Weetwood Eastgate and Woods Shropshire Lass on handpump, a beer of the month, a local cider, over two dozen malts and a good range of wines by the glass from an interesting bin ends list of about 50. The informal service is quick even when they are busy. A more dining-oriented area shares the same feeling of relaxed bonhomie (our favourite table there was snugged into a stable-stall-style alcove of stripped wood). A terrace outside has teak tables, with more on the grass.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using many ingredients from a local farm, the quickly changing menu might include tempura vegetables with sweet chilli dipping sauce, black pudding hash cake with apple rösti and poached egg, salt and pepper squid with sweet chilli jam, oxtail and kidney pie, fish stew, butternut squash and spinach open lasagne, battered haddock, chicken ballotine with red wine jus, trio of pork, and puddings such as hot cinnamon doughnuts with apple compote and custard and whisky and raspberry cranachan.