Plenty of individuality, smashing food and drinks and a bouncy atmosphere
Good Pub Guide Recommended
With quirky and individual décor, cheerful, friendly staff and a thoughtful choice of both food and drink this entertaining place is popular with a wide mix of customers. There's a magnificent hunting tapestry and surprisingly angled bright tartans, nicely simple pale grey, off-white and cream surfaces that explode into striking bold wallpaper, and an elegant medley of attractive old tables and chairs. Timorous Beasties' giant bees are papered on to the bar ceiling and a stag's head looms out of the wall above a log fire. And the doors to the loos are quite a puzzle which of the many knobs and handles actually work?! Heavy Industry Electric Mountain, Moorhouses Black Cat, Rebel Sail Ale, Slaters Bitter and Stonehouse Station Bitter on handpump, 20 malt whiskies, 15 wines by the glass from an interesting list and 20 gins. A more dining-oriented area shares the same feeling of relaxed bonhomie a favourite table is snugged into a stripped-wood alcove resembling a stable stall; background music. A terrace outside has teak tables, with more on the lawn.
Good Pub Guide Food
Seasonal, local produce is at the heart of the menu; the seriously good food includes lunchtime sandwiches, salt and pepper squid with romesco sauce, parmesan arancini with cauliflower purée and tea-soaked sultanas, smoked chicken caesar salad with soft boiled eggs and croutons, a pie of the day, herb-crusted salmon chop with parsley mash and creamed spinach, a trio of lamb (shepherd's pie, grilled rump and confit shoulder) with carrot purée and rosemary jus and puddings such as banana parfait with toffee sauce and caramelised banana and chocolate and hazelnut pavlova.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere, Dogs Bar