Handsome 18th-c inn with super choice of drinks, interesting food and a sunny garden; comfortable, stylish bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Everyone mixes easily in this honey-coloured stone inn surrounded by glorious countryside. The bustling, high-beamed bar has rugs on flagstones and two big armchairs in front of an open fire, some old pews, barrel seats and a sofa, church candles and big bowls of flowers. There's also a couple of dining rooms, one of which has cushioned wall seats and chunky leather chairs around dark wooden tables, mirrors along one side and a drop-down cinema screen (screenings are held twice a month). They keep four regularly changing ales from breweries such as Bath, Cheddar, Exmoor and Otter on handpump, 22 wines (including champagne) by the glass from a carefully chosen list, more than 50 malt whiskies, 21 gins, unusual bottled beers from Belgium, Germany and the USA, cocktails and four local ciders and apple juices. The south-facing back terrace has teak tables and chairs under parasols, outdoor heaters for chillier weather and colourful flower tubs. There eight comfortable bedrooms with lovely country views and two self-catering cottages; breakfasts are particularly good. Cadbury Castle hill fort is not far away and there are fine walks nearby.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty food includes marinated artichoke hearts with chilli and garlic olives, soused Cornish mackerel with pickled fennel, beef burger with toppings and chips, ploughman's, wild mushroom, spinach and feta wellington with peas and greens, pan-seared sea bass with parmentier potatoes, samphire, braised fennel, clams and lemongrass veloute, cider-glazed ham and eggs with pineapple and chips, pan-roasted Creedy Carver duck breast with greens, heritage carrots and duck-fat potatoes, and puddings such as raspberry ripple and white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sorbet, and dark chocolate délice with orange sorbet and hazelnut crumb.