A good gastro-pub, also offering rooms & cookery courses.
The food here is worth a special detour.
The kitchen has a robust style of cooking, based around French traditions, suiting those that like direct flavours, and food that hasn't been too messed about.
A winter menu snapshot brought 'Steamed Fowey Mussels with White Wine, Garlic & Parsley'; 'Sprout Tops with Pancetta, Quails Egg Salad & Anchovy Dressing' and 'Whiskey Mac-Cured Salmon with Crème Fraiche & Buckwheat Pancakes' amongst the starters.
'Calves Liver with Rosemary Polenta, Heritage Carrots & Pancetta Crisp'; 'Cornish Hake Fillet with Prsley Roots, Spinach & Lie de Vin'; 'Chargrilled Beef Burger in a Brioche Bun with Hand-Cut Chips' and 'Rapsley Parttridge & Chestnut Pudding with Celeriac & Kale' listed among the mains.
Desserts are of the comfort variety, so if you still have room, you might find 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Clotted Cream'; 'Steamed Lemon Sponge with Crème Anglaise' and 'Queen of Puddings' there to tempt you.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30 (Sat 15.00, Sun 15.30); mains about £13 to £25; set L £13 (2 courses) to £16
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 18.00-21.00 (Fri & Sat 21.30); mains about £13 to £25; set D £13 (2 courses) to £16
- Seats: 60, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list travels the world, kicking off at around the £17 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Shipton or Swindon Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; check Christmas openings
- Outside eating