While still fulfilling the needs of the village local, the reason most people visit here is the quality of the food on offer. Indeed in 2001, it was the first British pub to be given a Michelin star, and has since been constantly considered to be among the top dozen or so of the best gastro-pubs in the country.
Co-proprietor Steve Reynolds is master of the stoves, while his wife looks after the front of house. There's a cosy bar, dining room with solid furniture plus a garden for fair weather drinking or dining.
Local, seasonal, food is the name of the game with some vegetables and the eggs coming from their own garden. An early summer menu brought 'Seared Scallops on Celeriac Purée with Cumin'; 'Trout Tartare with Tomato Butter' and 'Pigeon Breast on Herb Risotto' among the starters.
To be followed by the likes of 'Fillet of Herefordshire Beef with Potato Rosti, a Red Wine Sauce & Caramelised Shallots'; 'Madgett's Farm Duck Breast with Spiced Rhubarb & Potato Fondant' and 'Sea Bass Fillet with Braised Fennel & Dauphinoise Potatoes'.
If you still have room, perhaps finish with 'Bread & butter Pudding with Local Clotted Cream'; 'Caramelised Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sorbet'; 'Three Crème Brulées Coffee, Vanilla & Lavender' or their excellent selection of Regional Cheeses.
If you have the foresight, book a room in one of their comfortable bedrooms, so you don't have to worry about the drive home.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00; mains about £17 to £24 (bar snack mains from £10); set L Sun £20.90 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-21.30; mains about £17 to £24
- Seats: 70, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: an interesting list has modest mark-ups, and has a good selection of halves
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, L Sat, D Sun, first week of Nov & Feb, 25th & 26th Dec, 1st Jan.
- Rooms available