16th-c pub with simple country furnishings, well kept ales, an extensive choice of Thai food and seats outside
The good pub guide review
This pretty old stone tavern is the only thatched building in Shipston and also its oldest pub, first licensed in 1540. From a central entrance passage, low-beamed, character bars lead off with some fine old flagstones and floor tiles and two open fires (one in an inglenook). There are also wheelbacks, stools, rustic seats and tables and built-in wall benches, half-panelled or exposed-stone walls, and plenty of copper kettles, pans and bedwarmers, horse tack and toby jugs. Friendly staff serve Prescott Hill Climb and Wye Valley Butty Bach as well as guests such as Courage Directors, Uley Pigs Ear or Youngs Special on handpump, eight wines by the glass, 18 gins and ten malt whiskies; background music, TV, darts and board games. The little dining room has pale wooden tables and chairs on bare boards. There are a couple of benches on the front cobbles, contemporary seats and tables on a partly covered, raised decked area at the back and picnic-sets on grass; in summer, the flowering baskets and tubs are lovely. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
The nicely priced and popular food is Thai: tom yum soups, steamed dumplings, chicken satay and fishcakes, plus pad Thai and other noodle dishes and lots of curries and stir-fries with chicken, beef, pork, duck, lamb or seafood. There are also a couple of pub classics such as fish and chips or burger and chips.