Refurbished village pub with simply furnished bar and dining rooms, well regarded food, own-brews and seats outside; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This elegant, carefully restored 17th-c inn is ever popular with our readers. The bustling bar has beams and bare floorboards, high stools around equally high wooden tables, plush chairs and cushioned benches, and a good range of drinks that includes their own-brewed Boot Beer: Beast, Bitter, Clod Hopper, ESB, IPA, Repton Cross and Tuffers Old Boots. Also, a guest from another changing brewery and several wines by the glass served by friendly, efficient young staff. There's a dining room with antique-style chairs and tables and big doors that open on to the courtyard, plus a second room down a couple of steps with a woodburning stove. The split-level walled garden has wooden chairs and tables under parasols. The nine attractively furnished bedrooms are light, airy and comfortable; breakfast costs extra.
The good pub guide food review
Interesting food includes breakfasts (8-11am weekdays, 8-10.30am weekends) and afternoon tea (booking required), flatbread with shredded lamb, tzatziki and pickled cucumber, coronation chicken terrine with curry mayonnaise, pickled raisins and coriander, pulled pork burger with pickles and skin-on fries, a pie of the day, corn-fed chicken breast stuffed with black garlic with parmesan arancini, lemon purée and onion sauce, roasted cod loin with peas, pancetta and smoked almond sauce, dry-aged steaks with roasted tomatoes, garlic mushrooms and triple-cooked chips, and puddings such as salted caramel tart with stem ginger ice-cream, and dark chocolate pannacotta with macerated cherries, nougat and candied almonds; they also offer a two- and three-course set lunch.