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. Many of the vegetables come from their own kitchen garden.
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 Partridge & 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 £15 to £25; set L £19 (2 courses) to £25
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 18.00-21.00 (Fri & Sat 21.30); mains about £15 to £25; set D £19 (2 courses) to £25
- Seats: 60, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list travels the world, kicking off at around the £20 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