A gastropub, with flagstone floors and roaring winter log fires, but a totally-modern feel. There's also a rather splendid 'continental-style' patio garden. Although still technically a pub, their food is the raison d'être.
Starters such as 'Vodka & Beetroot-Cured Salmon, with Capers, Sieved Egg & Horseradish Crème Fraiche'; 'Devilled Lamb's Kidneys with Chorizo, Tomatoes & Madeira on Onion Bread' and 'Spiced Pupkin & Cauliflower Fritters, Smoked Sweetcorn & Yoghurt' set the style.
Most of the main courses are divided into the categories 'Grill - Pasta - Pizza - Spit Roast, although there other seasonal options - such as 'Hickory Pig's Cheeks with Truffle Oil Potato Croquettes, Creamed Sweetcorn, Nashi Pear & Coriander Seed' and possibly 'Butternut, Sweet Potato, Red Pepper & Kidney Bean Chili with Wild Rice, Guacamole, Sour Cream & Nachos'. While the pasta choice might include 'Taglialoni with Crab, Fennel, Tomato, Garlic, White Wine & Parsley'.
If you have a sweet tooth, 'Amaretti & Chocolate Tart with Marmalade Mascarpone'; 'Chocolate Fondant with Pistachio Ice Cream & Hazelnut Praline' might be there to tempt you.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week: mains from £11-£27; set L £13.50 (2 courses), £16 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat; mains from £11-£27; early evening set D £13.50 (2 courses), £16 (3 courses)
- Seats: 100
- Wine: A good wine list is helpfully sorted into styles, kicking off at about £15, plus a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Stratford upon Avon Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Sun D
- Outside eating