Super range of beers in welcoming country pub, with spacious bar, open fire and good interesting food
The good pub guide review
This gently civilised pub is a beer-lover's paradise with an impressively large range of real ales always on offer. Whether you're a regular or a customer passing through, you'll get a genuine welcome from the charming landlady. The building dates mainly from the 16th-c. The low-ceilinged bar is spacious but cosily traditional, with a chatty, relaxed atmosphere, a roaring log fire, creaky floors, window shutters, candles in bottles on the tables, miners' lamps on uneven walls, and comfortable furnishings that include cushioned window seats, wall settles and rod-backed country kitchen chairs. The fine choice of up to eight regularly changing real ales on handpump includes the likes of Exmoor Gold, Felinfoel Double Dragon, Greene King Abbot Ale, Hook Norton Old Hooky, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Uley Pigs Ear and Wye Valley Butty Bach; also, several wines by the glass, a couple of farm ciders and a good range of soft drinks. There are newspapers, board games and perhaps some quiet background jazz. The walled garden has seats and tables, with more out in front. The church opposite, known as the Cathedral of the Forest for its unusual size, is worth a visit.
The good pub guide food review
Pleasing food includes ham hock terrine with piccalilli, Thai-style crab cakes with red pepper, smoked trout tart with pickled cucumber and dill, wild boar sausages with dauphinoise potatoes and red wine gravy, steak and ale pie, beef wellington with mushroom duxelles and port jus, ploughman's, pork ribs in a tangy sauce with garlic bread, corn-fed chicken with garlic and roquette risotto, daily specials, and puddings.