Tucked-away pub with lots to look at, several real ales, many wines by the glass and highly thought-of food; pretty bedrooms
The good pub guide review
There's plenty to look at in this busy pub's characterful rooms, filled as they are with all sorts of curiosities; Victorian oak desks retired from Winchester College, collections of well thumbed books, walls hung with pewter tankards and numerous local prints and engravings. Elsewhere, there are kitchen chairs and deal tables with candles, leather banquettes and parquet and wooden flooring. On chilly days, you'll find crackling log fires ' perhaps with Rolo, the pub's chocolate brown cockapoo, relaxing beside one of them. A snug room at the back, known as the Jameson Room (after the late landlord, Graeme Jameson), is decorated with a set of Ronald Searle 'Winespeak' prints. A second room is panelled. Fullers HSB, London Pride and Spring Sprinter, Gales Seafarers and a guest such as Flowerpots Goodens Gold on handpump, 33 wines by the glass, 15 malt whiskies, a couple of farm ciders and quite a few ports and sherries; the tea list is pretty special. There are tables outside in a covered back terrace and a small courtyard. With so much to see and do in this city and its environs, the 14 attractive bedrooms seem especially tempting; some have four-posters and breakfasts are first class.
The good pub guide food review
Excellent food includes sandwiches, curried parsnip and apple soup, ham hock terrine with apple and fig chutney, smashed avocado with Isle of Wight tomatoes and poached egg, spiced cod with cauliflower purée, mango salsa and burnt spring onion, pearl barley and spelt risotto with butternut squash and goat's cheese, 12oz sirloin steak with béarnaise and triple-cooked chips, English garden salad with chicken, and puddings such as treacle tart and vanilla ice-cream and pear tarte tatin with toffee sauce.