Good Pub Guide Recommended
Lots going on in bustling old pub with a good mix of customers, simple furnishings, local ales and smashing food
The landlord cooks the enterprising food in this delightful 17th-c thatched pub (he was a MasterChef semi-finalist), his wife oversees front of house and their hands-on approach and friendly welcome draw in customers from far and wide. The carefully restored, character rooms include a beamed bar and dining room furnished with wheelbacks and mate's chairs, built-in settles and bow-window seats around dark tables on patterned carpets, artwork on the walls (some painted by the landlord), a piano and woodburning stoves. Local ales include one named for the pub (from Butts) plus Brunswick The Usual and Ramsbury Gold on handpump, 15 organic wines by the glass, home-made liqueurs, organic soft drinks and farm cider; darts, board games and background music. You'll find plenty going on here including live music events, a regular pub quiz (every third Tuesday), cookery classes and an upstairs shop selling vintage furniture, clothes and shoes. Eco-friendly values are important, as is the use of seasonal, local produce, free-range, organic or wild meat and responsibly sourced fish. There are a few picnic-sets at the front. Disabled access.
Bar food times: 12-2.15, 6-9.15
Using his father's rare-breed pigs, sheep and chickens and other local produce and describing his cooking as 'upmarket peasant food', the landlord a variety of tapas-style nibbles such as crispy calves liver with onions and pickled carrot, a plate of bresaola board and moules marinière plus asparagus risotto with spelt, fennel tops, feta and cream, fish pie with smoked haddock, leeks and capers, persian-style chicken with pomegranate, walnuts, molasses, rice, chilli and salsa, john dory with mussels, samphire and jersey royals, and puddings such as polenta and almond cake with clementine marmalade and crème fraîche and rhubarb frangipane with rhubarb sorbet.
Ollie and Lauren
What the licensee says
A pub with a difference but made for everyone ... where people can sit, eat, drink, relax, talk and do all those things they did in the good old days.
We've restored the Grade II listed building to its former glory, revealing all the historic brick walls, arches and beautiful wooden beams, added a new oak lobby and created extra space over the old brewery. All our food and drink is organic, local or sustainable and working with the seasons. Most of our suppliers are within 15 miles including Ollie's parents farm which do beautiful vegetables, fruit, pigs, lamb, cider and charcuterie. We also do breakfast on Saturday mornings, we have our own wood-fired oven for pizzas all the time. We host cookery classes and have opened a vintage shop. Plus our live music nights every month - we get musicians from London, Bristol, Brighton, Leeds and the local area.
Recently we were award Alastair Sawdays best "Organic, Local and Seasonal" Pub plus we were shortlisted for the SRA Top 20 businesses and Support the Community Awards.
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Accepts Credit Cards
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Dedicated children area
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