This converted Chef & Brewer pub, is now under the ownership of Daniel Clifford who has also steered Midsummer House (q.v.) to great success.
The eating areas are set over two floors, the ground being a bar with deep sofas in a gastro pub style, while there's a more formal dining room upstairs.
The menu both cleverly introduces a modern edge to traditional pub-style dishes while also following upmarket restaurant fashion trends. So you find 'Local Jellied Eels with Bread & Butter & Chili Vinegar'; nestling happily with 'Prawn Cocktail'; 'Chicken Liver Parfait with Grape Chutney & Toasted Sourdough' and 'Warm Tomato Soup with Mascarpone & Basil Croûtes' among the starters.
Maybe to be followed by 'Wild Boar Toad in the Hole with Wholegrain Mustard Mash'; 'Crisp Confit of Duck à L'Orange'; 'Sautéed Sea Bass with Carrot & Cardamom Purée' and 'Scotch Rib Eye Steak with Triple-Cooked-Chips & Béarnaise Sauce'.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Fig Ice Cream'; 'Dark Chocolate Black Forest Gateau with Kirsch Cherries' or their selection of cheeses.
- Food Style: Indian
- Lunch: all week, mains about £8 to £18 (including rice)
- Dinner: all week,mains about £8 to £18 (including rice)
- Seats: 180, plus 40 otside
- Wine: a well-thought-out list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon & Tues; 27th Dec to 5th Jan.
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating