Contemporary décor in old building, excellent food, good wine list and lovely garden with attractive terraces; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This enticing 17th-c pub mixes the old with the new, with its modern, welcoming decor and contemporary, imaginative cuisine and first class choice of drinks. The relaxing bar has inglenook fireplaces, beams in low ceilings and timbering, with such ales such as Adnams Southwold, Sharps Doom Bar and Woodfordes Wherry on handpump, 27 wines by the glass from a well described list, a dozen malt whiskies, Weston's cider and good coffee from the long green-slate bar counter. There are leather armchairs and comfortable wall seats, a mix of elegant wooden and high-backed leather dining chairs around attractive tables on polished oak boards or sandstone flooring, original artwork and fresh flowers; background music. French windows open from the restaurant on to various terraces with individual furnishings and pretty flowering pots and beds. The chalet-style bedrooms (just across a courtyard in a separate building) are comfortable and well equipped; continental breakfasts are included and taken in your room. The Birch at Woburn is under the same ownership.
The good pub guide food review
Delicious, seasonal food includes sandwiches, sharing boards, steamed bao bun with crispy pork belly, hoisin sauce, stir-fried vegetables, pickled mooli and sriracha mayonnaise, Cromer crab thermidor, crab apple salad, charred aubergine with romesco sauce, almonds, sherry and crispy buckwheat salad, steak burger with toppings and french fries, baked sea bass fillet with spiced Thai sauce, wild rice and kohlrabi salad, local venison steak with celeriac purée, pickled carrots, crispy shallots and blackberry jus, and puddings such as banana sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce and banana ice-cream and a chef's soufflé of the day.