Popular, interesting pub with well kept real ales and seats in the big garden
The good pub guide review
Inside this bustling, creeper-clad pub there's a dimly lit, dark-beamed bar that's quite traditional, with a forest canopy of hops, whisky-water jugs, beakers and tankards. Several of the comfortable and clearly individually chosen seats are worth a close look for their carving, and the wall tapestries are interesting. On the right is a broadly similar red-carpeted dining room and beyond it, in complete contrast, an ultra-modern glass garden room. From the carved bar counter, friendly staff offer five real ales on handpump including two regulars: Purity Mad Goose and Ringwood Fortyniner and three quickly changing guest ales; also, several wines by the glass, malt whiskies and four farm ciders; board games. The garden here is as individual as the pub, with a cluster of huge casks topped with flowers, a piano doing flower-tub duty and a set of stocks on the pretty front terrace.
The good pub guide food review
Pleasing food includes lunchtime sandwiches, scotch egg, pickles and chips, ploughman's, chicken caesar salad, beer-battered fish (or tofu) with chips, mushy peas and home-made tartare sauce, a variety of curries and the signature dish Dragon's blood pie with seasonal veg, and puddings such as berry trifle and chocolate cheesecake. Separate vegan menu available.