This 18th century country pub, just a few miles north of Sherborne, has been given the makeover, and a new lease of life. Without destroying its inherent atmosphere, it now offers an ambitious menu of robust-style but carefully-cooked dishes. It's certainly worth a detour, or would make an ideal stopping over point if you're on a walking/cycling holiday.
Lunch can range from a light snack, such as 'Half a Pint of North Atlantic Prawns with Mixed Leaves'; 'Rare Roast Beef Sandwich' or 'Ploughman's with Montgomery Cheddar, Baked Ham and Pork Pie' to hot dishes such as 'Local Gammon with Pineapple Chutney, 'Free-Range Eggs and Fat Chips' and 'Beer-Battered Fish & Chips'.
The evening adds more serious dishes, with maybe 'Breaded Sweetbreads with a Truffle Potato Salad and Mint Sauce' among the starters; 'Local Calves Liver with Old Spot Bacon, Mash and Gravy' and 'Pan-Fried Barramundi with Lemon and Lime Butter and New Potatoes.
Desserts are offered at both meals and are tempting, with perhaps 'Apricot Tart Tatin with Honey and Cracked Pepper Ice Cream' or 'Chocolate Mousse wit Fresh Raspberry Slice'.
They offer farmhouse cheeses, specialising in areas of Britain on a rotating basis.
Children of under 8 have their own special menu, which is available at lunchtime and during the early evening.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-15.00; mains about £9 to £14; set L Mon-Thurs £14.95 (2 Courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.00, Sun 6.00-21.30; set D Mon-Thurs £14.95 (2 courses), mains about £10 to £14
- Wine: a concise list, travels the world, and includes some interesting bottles - and modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible. Plus Children's menu.
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Sherborne Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Rooms available