Handsome old inn with a civilised but informal atmosphere throughout, imaginative food and seats on terrace; lovely bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Mixing attractive original features with shabby-chic décor and contemporary pictures, wallpapers and furnishings, this 16th-c coaching inn has plenty of style and atmosphere. You'll find exposed stone and grey-painted panelled walls hung with colourful modern artwork, linen-cushioned seats with bright scatter cushions, painted wooden and upholstered dining chairs around simple tables on rugs or wooden floors and both a woodburning stove and an inglenook log fire. Fullers, Hook Norton and Wye Valley ales on handpump from a bar made from an apothecary's chest painted peacock blue, plus 18 good wines by the glass and 14 whiskies served by friendly, helpful staff; background music and daily papers. The sunny back terrace has a vine-covered pergola. The eight bedrooms, including four in a converted barn, are individually decorated and comfortable.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty modern British food includes breakfasts for non-residents (8-11am), monkfish ceviche with red onion and lime, gin and beetroot-cured salmon with dill crème fraîche, Cotswold pork with tenderstem broccoli, butternut squash and chimmichurri, beetroot risotto with pesto, a pie of the day, Brixham plaice with crab butter and samphire, minute steak with rocket and parmesan, lamb rump with truffle mash and minted sauce vierge, chicken milanese with garlic butter, and puddings such as dark chocolate with peanut brittle and salty caramel and apricot tarte tatin.