Exemplary town local, a boon to its chatty regulars, with tasty home cooking and a friendly welcome
The good pub guide review
Mrs Miller has presided over this honest red-brick local since the 1980s. Set in the heart of the Soar Valley, it attracts walkers from Cossington Meadows and boaters moored at Sileby Marine. The décor has all the touches that mark the best of between-the-wars estate pub design from an art deco-tiled lobby to polychrome-tiled fireplaces, a shiny red Anaglypta ceiling and a comfortable layout of linked but separate areas including a small restaurant lined with books. There's plenty to look at among the bric-a-brac that includes decorative plates, numerous prints and hats-turned-lampshades. The staff are genuinely bright and cheerful. There are no cask ales, but plenty of bottled options such as Bombardier and Boddingtons, half a dozen wines by the glass and several gins. Mrs Miller also runs a successful catering business and offers a generous selection of take-away frozen meals.
The good pub guide food review
Reasonably priced food includes creamy chicken, leek and bacon casserole, cumberland pie with minced beef, linguine with king prawns and lemongrass, baked cod in cheese sauce, nut roast with veggie gravy, pasta with Mediterranean vegetables in tomato sauce, and puddings such as blackberry and apple pie, treacle sponge and lemon meringue pie.