Welcoming bar in well run market-town hotel with real ales and tasty food; good bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This welcoming, ancient pub has a fantastic atmosphere. The little beamed and panelled bar on the right has traditional pub furnishings, including comfortably padded bar seats and an antique cushioned box settle, stripped floorboards and a couple of black leather armchairs by a log-effect fire. Wye Valley Bitter, Butty Bach and HPA on handpump, three farm ciders, 16 gins, 15 malt whiskies and several wines by the glass at sensible prices. The beamed lounge bar on the left, also with bare boards, has some timbering, soft leather armchairs, padded bucket seats and shelves of books, and there's also a big carpeted dining room; background music, TV and board games. A sheltered back courtyard has plenty of contemporary tables and chairs for warm weather. The 15 bedrooms are all on the first or second floor, and there's no lift.
The good pub guide food review
Appetising food includes confit duck and sesame spring rolls with chilli jam, mussels, battered haddock with peas and chips, Herefordshire sirloin steak, pistachio and spinach stuffed chicken breast, vegan butternut squash, sweet potato and broad bean curry with rice and poppadums, and puddings such as orange and brandy bread and butter pudding and chocolate torte with raspberry sorbet.