This 15th century hostelry has a popular bistrot among its many attractions. It's named after a well-known cartoonist, who lived locally - some of his original drawings are on the walls on display might be familiar to past readers of Punch magazine. The bar is named after William Penn (of Pennsylvania fame), who in 1695 supposedly gave a speech to a crowd, from an upper window.
Their set price lunch, also offered in the early evening - and served in Penn's Bar - offers particularly good value, and their main menu more ambitious dishes, with as many of the ingredients as possible, sourced locally.
The starters offered are traditional (almost throwbacks), and might include the likes of 'King Prawn Cocktail'; and 'Bayonne Ham with Goats' Cheese & Charentais Melon'. Main courses are more ambitious - perhaps including 'Lamb Shank in a Rioja & Roasted Garlic Sauce'; 'Pan-fried Fillet of Sea Bass with Scallops on a Porcini & Runner Bean Risotto' and 'Char-grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Roasted Bell Peppers'.
They also offer 'pub' food in the shape of burgers, sandwiches and fish & chips.
A short list of Desserts generally includes ' Crème Brulée with Raspberries' and 'Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Blackberry & Orange Compote'.
Young children are well catered for - with their own short menu, again, very reasonably-priced.
The Fountain Inn (q.v.), down the road, is under the same ownership.
- Food Style: Budget Restaurants - the best
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00, mains about £10 to £22; Sun 12.00-14.30 Roasts from about £9.50
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-21.30, Sun 18.00-21.00; mains about £10 to £22
- Wine: a concise, but well chosen, list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, plus a short children's menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Castle Cary (10 miles)
- Directions: Town Centre. See the map on this page.
- Closed: check about Christmas openings
- Rooms available