Friendly dining pub combining an informal pub atmosphere with highly regarded food; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This pub is often busy, and it's easy to see why: well prepared food, a satisfying choice of drinks, attractive interiors and a delightful location overlooking the village green. The little bar has some bare stone walls, contemporary paintwork nice old high-backed settles and cushioned chapel chairs on broad dark boards, candles on stripped tables and botanical prints; at one end is a big log fire, at the other a woodburning stove. A snug one-table area is opposite the servery where they keep Hook Norton Hooky and guests such as Goffs Jouster and Prescott Hill Climb on handpump, 16 wines by the glass, 14 malt whiskies, several gins and local cider; background music. The fairly spacious and raftered two-part dining room with similar furniture and colourful rugs is up a few steps. The six bedrooms are comfortable and pretty in a rustic-chic way (two have roll-top baths), and the breakfasts are good.
The good pub guide food review
Excellent modern cooking includes salmon, avruga caviar, capers and shallot, half-pint of shell-on prawns with mayo, ploughman's, risotto primavera, Cornish moules marinière and fries, pan-roasted cod with spinach gnocchi, cauliflower, bacon and cabbage, rare-breed pork loin with onions, fish and chips, 8oz longhorn steak (rib-eye or flat-iron) with fries, watercress and béarnaise, and puddings such as apple tarte tatin with almond brittle and calvados ice-cream and lime and iced pomegranate parfait. Breakfast, morning coffee and afternoon tea are available to non-residents.