A warren of ancient rooms, a good period atmosphere, a fine choice of drinks, enjoyable food and seats outside
The good pub guide review
There's plenty of places to sit in this beautifully restored building, which dates from the late 13th c and was once a bell foundry. The charming series of small, characterful rooms have worn flagstones and meticulously stripped stonework, with a huge hearth for the woodburning stove in one room, and steeply pitched rafters in one of the two upstairs rooms. A snug end conservatory opens out to a narrow but sunny two-level courtyard with seats and tables. There's a wide variety of furnishings from pews and wall settles to comfortable armchairs, and a handsomely panelled shrine to Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Attentive, friendly staff serve St Austell Tribute, Oakham Citra and local guests from the likes of Baker's Dozen, Hopshackle and Nene Valley on handpump, farm cider and 19 wines by the glass; board games and TV.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable food includes focaccia sandwiches and pizza wraps, sharing boards, beetroot falafel with tzatziki, whitebait with paprika mayonnaise, sea bass with vegetable stir-fry and yuzu dressing, Indian-style burger with sag aloo and sweet onion bhaji, beer-battered fish and chips, pork belly with black pudding bubble and squeak, buttered greens, roasted carrots and cider jus, and puddings such as chocolate melting pot (for two) and lemon tart with winter berry compote and strawberry ice-cream.
Tobie Norris, 12 St. Pauls Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2BE
Pub Group: Knead Pubs
Weekdays: 10am-11pm; 10am-midnight Fri