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Good Pub Guide Recommended
A thoroughly top-notch all-rounder, this thriving place is genuinely individual and entertaining. An elegant mix of nice old tables and chairs mixes with Giant Timorous Beasties' bees papered on to the bar ceiling and a stag's head that 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. And the doors to the loos are quite a puzzle which of the many knobs and handles actually work?! The island bar has half a dozen 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 a favourite table is 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
Impressive food includes sandwiches, goats cheese bonbons with chicory and red pepper marmalade, salt beef hash cake with horseradish and thyme rösti and a poached egg, butternut squash and chickpea tagine with apricot and coriander couscous, maple and mustard-glazed ham with eggs, braised beef brisket chilli with paprika rice and sour cream, a home-made pie of the day, ballontine of chicken stuffed with tarragon mousse wrapped in parma ham with an onion and thyme purée and coq au vin sauce, slow-cooked crispy pork belly with black pudding mash, apple fritter and sage jus and puddings such as toffee popcorn cheesecake and pear and ginger pudding with cinnamon ice-cream.