Simple décor in relaxed city street pub with highly thought-of food and drink and friendly staff; seats outside.
The good pub guide review
Sister pub to the very successful Hare & Hounds in Aberthin, this bustling, friendly place is run along the same lines ' part local pub and part informal dining room. The bar is half-panelled and simply decorated: in one corner there are some chunky leather stools and a leather wall banquette plus some elegant modern stools, high-backed farmhouse and other wooden chairs around a mix of tables on bare boards and a few high chairs against the counter where helpful staff serve up to four real ales on handpump from the Glamorgan and Wye Valley, a couple of craft beers/lagers, 13 wines by the glass and some interesting spirits including home-made fennel liqueur. The uncomplicated décor and mix of wicker and wooden chairs around chunky tables on more floorboards in the restaurant keeps the atmosphere easy-going and relaxed; a former skittles alley acts as an overflow area when things get really busy. There are picnic tables in the back garden among tubs of flowers.
The good pub guide food review
Using local seasonal produce and making everything in-house including bread and pasta, the high quality food includes grilled mackerel with pear, horseradish and dill, braised rabbit leg pappardelle, roast haunch of venison with smoked bacon, red wine, cavolo nero and wild mushrooms, pan-fried hake with fennel, oxtail and cockles, , steak and ale pie (for two), and puddings such as. They also offer an express two- and three-course set lunch (Monday-Wednesday).