Cheerful pub with open fire and woodburner, plenty to look at, several real ales and enjoyable food; fine views
The good pub guide review
This is Cider With Rosie country ' author Laurie Lee lived nearby and was a regular visitor to this historic 17th-c stone pub. Our readers also enjoy their visits very much, praising all aspects of the place. The bar has farmhouse chairs and stools around scrubbed tables, two big bay windows with cushioned seats, low beams clad with horsebrasses, and flooring that's half parquet and half old quarry tiles. Also, delft shelves lined with china, brass and copper cups, lamps and blow torches (there's even a pitchfork) and walls decorated with hunting prints and photos of the village and surrounding area. Leading off here is a high-ceilinged room with exposed stone walls hung with maps of local walks (there are many) and wheelback and mate's chairs around tables on bare boards. A cosy snug area has historic photos of the village and the area and a log-effect gas fire. Notorious from Bristol Beer Factory, a permanent fixture on the handpumps, is augmented by two changing guests from breweries such as Butcombe, Prescott, St Austell, Wye Valley and others. There are 16 wines by the glass and farm ciders; daily papers. The view over the lovely steep beechwood valley is terrific, and the seats outside make the most of it. Apparently, this area was once a royal hunting ground for Henry VIII.
The good pub guide food review
Popular food at good prices includes lunchtime sandwiches, chorizo, potato and spicy cashew nut salad, chicken liver and port pâté with spiced plum chutney, sharing platters, beef lasagne, pork and leek sausages with grain mustard mash, cod, salmon and dill fishcakes with lemon mayonnaise, burger (beef or Mexican-style vegetarian) and chips, tomato and leek risotto, slow-cooked pork belly with celeriac mash, roasted carrots and apple and rosemary jus, and puddings.