Family-run inn with rambling rooms, lovely gardens, a good choice of drinks and rewarding food; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
With its delightful gardens and pretty bedrooms, this old red-brick inn is a very popular spot for special occasions, especially weddings, and has been run by the same friendly family for decades. Outside, you'll find old-fashioned roses, herbaceous plants, winding paths, a pond, statues and a big working herb garden (with around 50 varieties). Inside, the rambling bar rooms have a mix of interesting chairs and settles with long colourful patchwork leather cushions around sewing machine tables, beams hung with hops and huge bunches of dried flowers and herbs and jugs of fresh flowers. Winter log fires in handsome fireplaces include one with a large Jacobean arch and old black cooking pots. Steps lead up past a little balustrade to a partly panelled eating area. Real ales on handpump come from regional breweries such as Hobsons, Sadlers, Three Tuns and Woods plus 18 wines by the glass, a dozen malt whiskies, a growing choice of gins and a farm cider; background music and TV. The nine bedrooms (fittingly named after herbs) feature antique four-posters or half-testers, Victorian-style baths and rain showers and their trademark velvet-cushioned swing. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
Well regarded food includes sandwiches (until 5.30pm), ham, caper and parsley terrine with honey mustard pear and damson dressing, smoked salmon pâté, beetroot-cured salmon and fennel slaw, burger with toppings and fries, fish or cheese sharing platters, beer-brined partridge with crispy leg, braised cabbage, mash and caper and sage game jus, monkfish wth mussel and basil bisque, saffron rice cake and spinach, squash and sweetcorn fitters with roast cauliflower and chilli sauce, and puddings such as treacle tart with custard and honeycomb cheesecake with chantilly cream.