Unassuming and cheery town pub with a fine range of ales, regular beer festivals and good value lunchtime food
The good pub guide review
This bustling town local is renowned for its fine choice of drinks, including seven real ales on handpump ' Uley Old Ric and Otter Bitter plus five guests such as Great Newsome Pricky Back Otchan, St Austell Trelawney, Stroud Tom Long and Wye Valley HPA; they also hold an annual beer festival. Also, 20 malt whiskies, 50 gins, three farm ciders, eight wines by the glass and artisan spirits. Staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The front door opens into a deep-pink small room with a lively mix of customers, stools on shiny quarry tiles beside a pine-boarded bar counter and old enamel beer signs on the walls and ceiling. Another little room leads off on the left towards the garden and a room to the right has lots of wooden benches and tables, with plenty of porcine paraphernalia throughout. The heated and covered garden has benches and parasols. Wheelchair access but no disabled loos.
The good pub guide food review
Reasonably priced food ' at lunchtime only - includes doorstep sandwiches, smoked mackerel pâté, twice-baked goats cheese soufflé, cauliflower, squash and lentil curry, fish and chips, pork and apple sausages with creamed leeks and gravy, beef burger and chips, sweet chilli beef with stir-fried vegetables and noodles, and puddings such as double chocolate brownie with raspberry coulis and fruit crumble with custard.