A popular foodie pub close to the Bath & West Showground and Glastonbury. It was built as a coaching inn, and youll still find flagstones floors. While nearby training stables have led to a bar bedecked with jockeys silks.
On the food front you can eat in the bar, dedicated dining room or in fine weather - the pleasant garden. A menu of lighter bar dishes is displayed, alongside Seafood Specials on a blackboard. While an à la carte menu offers a mix of British traditional and French dishes.
A spring example listed Wild Mushroom Tart with Parmesan & Walnut Pastry; Pan-Fried Chicken Livers on a Croûte with Mixed Leaf Salad; Warm Crab Cake with a Rocket & Concassé Tomato Salad & Lemon Grass Dressing and Country Paté with Homemade Chutney & Crusty Bread among the starters.
Medley of Braised Leeks, Red Onions & Courgettes with Mozzarella; Chefs Pie of the Day; Confit of Duck Leg on a bed of Spring Onion Noodles & Stir-Fried Vegetables with a Chili & Plum Sauce; Pot-Roasted Rabbit with Vegetables & Crispy Bacon and Red Wine Jus and Rack of British Lamb with a Minted Herb Crust with Bubble & Squeak and a Garlic & Red Wine Sauce listed among the mains.
Desserts, again displayed on a blackboard, might include White Chocolate Cheesecake; Bakewell Tart with Clotted Cream and Plum Tart with Lemon Zest Sorbet.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains about £12 to £16; plus interesting Bar Menu, set L Sun £9.95 (2 courses), £12.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.30; mains about £12 to £16
- Wine: an interesting list travels the world, kicking off at around the £15 mark, and offers a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Nearest station: Castle Cary Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; 25th Dec.
- Outside eating
- Rooms available