Super food and drinks in golden-stone inn, attractive furnishings and seats outside; well equipped bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This 17th-c golden-stone inn has been carefully and attractively updated to create a destination dining pub with rooms. Make the most of it by sampling the first rate food and then staying overnight in one of the four stylish boutique bedrooms; breakfasts are good and hearty. The open-plan interior has painted beams and panelling, flagstone and wooden floors, a woodburner in an inglenook fireplace, cushioned settles and window seats and a medley of cushioned wooden dining chairs around pale tables, and big country photographs. Friendly, efficient staff serve Winston (named for them from North Cotswold) and a couple of regulars from Purity (usually Lawless and Longhorn) plus assorted guests from the same breweries on handpump and 21 wines from a good list. There are picnic-sets on a small front area and more seats in the gravelled back courtyard. Nice surrounding walks.
The good pub guide food review
High class, beautifully presented food from a sensibly short menu, using local suppliers, is cooked by the chef-owner. Dishes might include seared Orkney scallop with avocado velouté, ham hock and chicken terrine with piccalilli, beetroot carpaccio with burrata, sea trout with tom kha gai, pak choi and clams, rump of Cotswold lamb with aubergine purée and confit tomato, beef wellington (for two), fish and chips, spinach and ricotta ravioli, and puddings such as white chocolate mousse with strawberry and lavender and crème caramel with blackberries.