Built in 1610, and originally known as the Masons Arms, this is now a destination foodie pub.
The kitchen, under the leadership of Nick Seckington, offers a seasonal menu using carefully sourced local produce, and emphasises the valid point that this is easy to claim this without to much scrutiny. Here, however, it is certainly the case (some vegetables and herbs coming from their own garden) and some dishes certainly remind you of Mother Nature.
A summer snapshot brought 'Green Tomato Soup with Homemade Bread'; 'Corned Beef Hash with Quail's Egg & Chorizo'; 'Home Smoked Wood Pigeon with New Potato Salad' and 'Potted Gloucester Old Spot Pig's Head, with Cider & Rye Bread' among the starters.
'Beer-Battered Pollack with Triple-Cooked Chips, Mushy Peas & Tartare Sauce'; 'Leek & Potato Pithivier with Truffle Oil & Crispy Garlic'; 'Roast Breast of Guinea Fowl with Confit Leg & Truffled Leeks' and 'Roast Skate Wing with Pea Purée & Garlic Sauce' listed among the mains.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Warm Chocolate Tart with Blackberries'; 'Iced Passion Fruit Soufflé & Poached Apricots'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce & Clotted Cream' or their selection of local Artisan Cheeses.
Their Sunday lunches which always include two top-quality 'Roasts', are particularly popular.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Fri 12.00-14.30, Sat & Sun 12.00-15.00; mains £9 to £17; set L Tues-Fri £10 (2 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Thurs 18.30-21.00, Fri & Sat 18.30-21.30; mains £9 to £17
- Seats: 80, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list, travels the world, and has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Shipton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: all Mon, D Sun; 25th Dec.
- Outside eating