Attractively furnished bar and upstairs dining rooms, highly regarded food, real ales and helpful staff
The good pub guide review
Regular events at this welcoming 18th-c former coaching inn include wine-tasting lunches, floristry workshops and a gin festival. It's just as welcoming to those popping in for a pint and a chat as it is for diners coming for an enjoyable meal. The long bar has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, brown leather wall seating, upholstered brown and white checked or plain wooden church chairs around various tables, rugs on wooden flooring, fresh flowers, prints and ornamental plates on creamy yellow walls and a big open fire; background music. There are high leather chairs against the rough-hewn counter, where they serve Church End What the Foxs Hat and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump, 23 wines by the glass and 25 gins. Upstairs, each of the interlinked, carpeted dining rooms has its own colour scheme and tartan dining chairs around dark wooden tables; one wall is a giant map of the area. Seating under parasols on the little back terrace with views across a meadow to the church. Dogs are allowed downstairs.
The good pub guide food review
As well wood-fired pizzas from their outdoor oven in summer, the appealing, well presented food includes sandwiches, madeira-creamed garlic mushrooms on toast, beetroot, red onion and thyme tart, tomato and basil arancini, burgers (beef, chicken, falafel and field mushroom) with toppings and chips, lightly soda-battered fish and chips, rib-eye steak with a choice of sauce, oven-roasted hake with tenderstem broccoli and lemon buerre blanc, and puddings such as peach crumble with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice-cream and date and sticky toffee pudding; they also offer a weekday set lunch and a set dinner on Monday and Tuesday.
Hercules Revived, Main Street, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV13 0AG
Weekdays: 12-3.30, 6-11