Smart dining pub with impressive food, good range of drinks including seven real ales and attractive grounds
The good pub guide review
The imaginatively presented food, big choice of drinks and civilised surroundings make this special inn stand out. There's a comfortably relaxed atmosphere, warm logs fires in Jacobean fireplaces, fresh flowers and candlelight, and the smart décor includes period fabrics and colours, antique furniture and hunting prints; board games. The main dining room is painted in a warm red with gold silk curtains. Neatly uniformed staff serve seven beers, such as Bass, Black Sheep, Greene King IPA, Jennings Cumberland, Marstons Pedigree, Ruddles County and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump, 22 wines by the glass or carafe (including prosecco, champagne and pudding wines) and a fair choice of whiskies and armagnacs. The lawned garden (with summer croquet and barbecues) backs on to National Trust parkland. Do visit the church opposite and Colston Bassett Dairy (just outside the village) which produces and sells its own stilton cheese.
The good pub guide food review
Creative bar food includes sandwiches, ploughman's, crispy paprika whitebait, poached pigeon with stilton and grape salad, smoked duck salad with feta, cashews and miso dressing, twice-baked cheese soufflé, beetroot risotto with goats curd and apple, pork fillet with crispy wonton, pak choi, squid and chilli, hake with herb gnocchi, ham hock and peas, and puddings such as chocolate and lime pannacotta with roasted pineapple, lime purée and roasted pineapple sorbet.