This rather splendid 16th century coaching inn is a popular destination for those on the Thomas Hardy trail, as it was his 'Sow & Acorn' in Tess of the D'Urbervilles. You don't need much imagination, as you'll still find beamed bars, oak panelling, flagstone flooring, skittle alley, winter log fires and real ales. While scattered memorabilia leaves you in no doubt as to where you are!
It's also thought that Hanging Judge Jeffreys used what is now the residents lounge as a courtroom.
On the food front, a separate dining room slightly removes you from that. Their culinary aims are to source major food items from within a 25 miles radius, and with this in mind they've built up a good network of suppliers.
An early summer menu listed 'Chicken, Wild Mushroom & Mixed Herb Terrine with Home-Baked Brioche'; 'Smoked Salmon Roulade with Cream Cheese, Lemon Zest, Garlic & Fresh Herbs' and 'Grilled Goats' Cheese on a French Bean, Walnut & Herb-Dressed Salad' among the starters.
'Trio of West Country Sausages with Grain Mustard Mash & Rosemary Jus'; 'Creamy Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pot Pie, with Parsley & Mashed Potato'; 'Seared Fillets of Sea Bass with Herb-Crushed-New-Potatoes & Fresh Basil Pesto' and 'Char-Grilled Rib-Eye Steak, Roasted Beef Tomato, Portobello Mushroom & Chips' listed among the mains.
If you still have room, you might find desserts such as 'Bramley Apple, Rhubarb & Whisky Crumble with Custard'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ic Cream & Pecan Toffee Sauce' and 'Raspberry & Amaretto Crème Brulée' to hard to resist.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains about £13 to £23 - plus Sandwiches & lighter meals in the Bar
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.00; mains about £13 to £23
- Seats: 45
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Nearest station: Chetnole Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available