17th-c former coaching inn with individually furnished bar and dining rooms, good food and seats outside; smart bedrooms
The good pub guide review
An excellent range of drinks, coupled with an enticing menu and a lovely setting means that our readers greatly enjoy their visits to this golden-stone inn. The lofty, character bar has a lively feel, exposed roof trusses, flagstones, leather sofas, cushioned wall seats and stools against the counter where friendly staff serve two quickly changing ales on handpump, a couple of draught ciders, 47 good wines by the glass from a fine list, more than 150 gins, a good choice of other spirits and cocktails; background music and board games. Several white-painted, beamed rooms lead off on different levels with cushioned window seats, a mix of tartan upholstered and traditional wooden chairs around tables of varying size on black slates or bare boards, and pictures on painted or stone walls; one room has a glass ceiling. The pub's springer is called Alfie. The garden, with views of open countryside beyond, is charming: there are seats beneath large parasols on a terrace, picnic-sets on grass and a boules pitch. The six bedrooms are stylish and well equipped and breakfasts are highly rated. Good walks from the door.
The good pub guide food review
Imaginative food includes sandwiches, wild boar scotch egg with nduja tomato sauce, beetroot-cured gravadlax with pickled cucumber, orange and chive cream cheese, buttermilk fried chicken with sriracha mayo and rocket salad, sharing boards, a pie of the day, Moroccan lamb rump with harissa couscous, roasted tomatoes and chickpea salsa, slow-roast pork belly with wholegrain mustard mash, spiced red cabbage and apple sauce, falafel burger with avocado, halloumi and skinny chips, and puddings such as plum frangipane with clotted cream and lemon tart with berry compote and crème fraîche.