Friendly, unspoilt pub with local beers and tasty, fair priced food
The good pub guide review
Follow a narrow winding lane close to the church to find this lovely old pub. It dates back to the 14th c and remains steadfastly old-fashioned: the room on the left was once a smithy and has forge tools and horseshoes on high oak beams, cushioned pews and mate's chairs, and a log fire in the original raised hearth with its tall central chimney. There's Branscombe Vale Branoc, Golden Fiddle and Summa That on handpump, two local ciders and eight wines by the glass. On the right, an irregularly shaped snug room has another log fire, a white-painted plank ceiling with an unusual carved ceiling rose, brown-varnished panelling, a flagstone floor and local artwork for sale; darts and board games. You can sit outside on the front loggia and terrace listening to the little stream gurgling beneath the flagstoned path; barbecues and spit roasts may be held on Sunday evening from 6pm (end July-early September). Good coastal walks.
The good pub guide food review
Well liked food includes sandwiches and toasties plus home-cured trout with pickled cucumber, dill and caper salad with horseradish mascarpone, ham hock, bacon and chicken terrine with piccalilli, home-cooked honey-roast ham and eggs, cauliflower cheese with crusty bread, lasagne, fresh fish dish of the day, chicken and ham with ginger, honey and mango salad, venison pie, 10oz rump steak with chips, and puddings.