Well-run village pub with interlinked beamed rooms, a relaxed atmosphere and sunny terrace
The good pub guide review
Most customers are here to enjoy the hearty, home-cooked food, but the front-of-house welcome from the charming staff also plays a big part in this golden-stone inn's appeal. Surrounded by rolling Melton countryside, it's also a popular spot with cyclists and walkers. The rustic interior features beams adorned with dried hops and copper pans and plates, exposed-stone walls dotted with countryside prints and a bookshelf lined with pub and restaurant guides. At one end, two wing chairs and a leather sofa are set in front of a log fire. Drinks include Greene King IPA plus changing local guest ales on handpump, local cider, 30 gins, 15 whiskies and several wines by the glass. The dining areas are furnished in a kitchen style with light wood tables and red-cushioned chunky chairs. Outside, picnic-sets either side of the front entrance get the sun nearly all day long. The village's restored 200-year-old windmill is worth a visit.
The good pub guide food review
Pleasing food, with lunchtime meal deals from Wednesday to Saturday, includes home-cured salmon gravadlax with horseradish mousse, black pudding, chorizo and duck scotch egg with celeriac slaw, rib-eye steak with chips, slow-cooked saddle of lamb with mash, beer-battered fish and chips, goats cheese and ratatouille wellington, pan-seared turbot with sautéed samphire and vermouth, lemon butter and dill sauce, Moroccan-spiced tomato and chickpea pie, and puddings such as vanilla and cider-infused poached apple and pear crumble and white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake.