16th-c inn with old-fashioned bar, airy dining rooms, local real ales, tempting food and seats outside; charming bedrooms
The good pub guide review
You'll get a genuine welcome from the hands-on licensees at this attractive country dining pub. The lovely old bar has beams, pubby tables and chairs on an old wooden floor, and a fine log fire in an inglenook fireplace. Harveys Best and Old Ale and guests such as Bedlam Hibernation, Firebird Parody Session IPA and Larkins Traditional on handpump, as well as two local farm ciders, local apple juice, more than 30 wines by the glass or carafe (plus six locally made sparkling wines) from a carefully chosen list and plenty of non-alcoholic choices. Look out for the glass cover over the 75-ft deep well. The light, airy dining rooms have a nice mix of wooden dining chairs and tables on pale wooden flooring, and throughout there are hops, china platters, brass and copper ornaments and a gently upmarket atmosphere. Glass doors from a contemporary-style garden room open on to a terrace with teak furniture. The cocker spaniel is called Harvey. The four bedrooms are comfortable and well equipped and breakfasts are particularly good. Disabled access. Parking is limited but there is a public car park 300 metres away. Steam train enthusiasts can visit the Bluebell Railway, and the Priest House in the village is a fascinating museum in a cottage endowed with an extraordinary array of ancient anti-witch symbols.
The good pub guide food review
Local, seasonal produce is at the heart of the excellent food: sandwiches, pork belly nuggets with piccalilli ketchup, chickpea and coriander falafel with hummus, salt and pepper squid, harissa and dill Cornish mussels with beer bread, beer-battered hake and chips, honey-glazed duck breast with sweet and sour beetroot and savoy cabbage, parmesan-crusted skate wing with chive butter sauce, sesame and chill tofu with broccoli, kale and cashew nuts, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and chocolate fondant with salted caramel and crème fraîche sorbet.