Duke of York
15th-c thatched local with tasty food and a fair choice of drinks; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
If you enjoy simple, honest pubs, you'll feel right at home at this cob and stone village local, though it's not to everyone's taste. The unspoilt bar has plenty of chatty locals, rocking chairs, cushioned benches built into the wall's black-painted wooden dado, stripped tables and other simple country furnishings, banknotes pinned to beams, and a large open fireplace. Adnams Broadside, Bays Topsail and a guest ale tapped from the cask, several wines by the glass and three farm ciders. It can get pretty cramped at peak times. The dining room has a huge inglenook fireplace. Through a small coach arch is a little back garden with some picnic-sets. Bedrooms are clean but old-fashioned (and some may have no lock on the door); five are in the pub, with three more just a minute's walk away. Poet Ted Hughes was a regular, and Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, got the inspiration to write his novel after talking to World War I veteran Wilfred Ellis in front of the fire here over 30 years ago.
The good pub guide food review
Bar food includes sandwiches, salt and pepper squid with sweet chilli dip, garlic mushrooms with stilton topping, beef or vegetable chilli, home-cooked ham and eggs, chicken and bacon lasagne, local sausages with mash and onion gravy, scampi with chips, slow-roasted pork belly with apple and cider sauce, beer-battered fish and chips, and puddings.