What resembles many people's idea of a 'real' pub, with a thatched roof, old beams, an open fire, solid wooden tables, good beer and a pleasant garden delivers exactly that.
The food on offer here, makes this pub rather special. It is sourced locally whenever possible with starters such as 'Duck Rillettes'; 'Toasted Goats' Cheese with Honey and Rosemary' and 'Duo of Fish Crab and Avocado Cake and Salmon Gravadlax' on offer.
An early spring menu brought 'Rack of local Saltmarsh Lamb, Tartlet of Confit Peppers and Courgettes and a Thyme Sauce'; 'Confit of Belly Pork, Poached Pear, Fondant Potato and a Palm Sugar Jus'; 'Home-made Beef Burger with Chips and Coleslaw' and 'Fillet of Cod, poached in an aromatic sauce, with New Potatoes' among the mains.
Desserts mix the traditional with the ambitious, with maybe ' Bramley Apple Crumble and Custard'; 'Hot Chocolate Fondant' and 'Argent Prune Soufflé' on offer; with a selection of British farm-house cheeses to tempt those with a more savoury tooth.
The menu helpfully matches menu dishes with a recommended wine, from their list. Many are offered by the glass.
There's a lighter bar menu, also changing with the seasons with maybe 'Salt Marsh Mutton Pie'; 'Wiltshire Ham, Egg and Chips'; 'Crab and Salmon Fish Cakes' plus baked potatoes and sandwiches to tempt you.
Service is both friendly and professional.
If you plan ahead, you can round off your day with a stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30; mains about £9 to £15 (bar menu from about £5)
- Dinner: all week, 18.30-21.30; mains about £9 to £15 (bar menu from about £5)
- Seats: 52
- Wine: a concise, but well-thought-out list, has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, adequate
- Outside eating
- Rooms available