Bustling country pub with good food and drink and friendly staff; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Known affectionately by regulars as 'The Shoes', this charming inn is set in the heart of the countryside. The L-shaped, quarry-tiled middle bar has hop-draped beams, upholstered settles, wooden chairs and tables, old local photographs above a woodburning stove, and local guidebooks. Opening off one side is the garden room with wicker armchairs around tables, and views over an outdoor seating area; leading off the other side is the games room, with pool, darts and cribbage. Wye Valley Bitter, Butty Bach and HPA on handpump, Herefordshire-made cider/perry from the likes of Celtic Marches, Oliver's, Robinsons and Weston's, ten wines by the glass and home-made elderflower cordial. A popular Sunday lunchtime carvery is offered in the stripped-stone, raftered and spacious restaurant extension. There are well sited tables and chairs on the terrace and in the neat, prettily planted garden. The two bedrooms are reached by outside stairs. Disabled access. As we went to press, the long-standing licensees, the Whittalls, announced their retirement after 30-plus years, so there may be changes.
The good pub guide food review
Using some home-grown produce and making all their own chutneys, pickles and jams, the well thought-of food includes lunchtime sandwiches, crab and lime fishcakes, prawn and haddock smokies, sirloin steak with pepper sauce, burgers, butternut squash and spinach tikka masala and rice, goats cheese, leek, celery apple and walnut filo parcel, and puddings such as home-made ice-cream.