While in theory still a pub, and having a comfortable bar selling top-quality beers, the raison d'être for most here is the excellent food on offer and possibly a comfortable bed for the night.
The menu combines a certain sense of humour with accuracy and is chalked on a board, and evolves with the seasons, but starters such as 'Galette of Smoked Haddock'; 'Ravioli of Crab & Brandy Bisque'; 'Sautéed Kidney, Liver & Faggot' and 'Grilled Goats' Cheese & Tomato Relish' set the general style.
Perhaps to be followed, at certain times of year, with 'Loin of Lamb with Crispy Bits'; 'Grilled Sea Bass, Tarragon & Fennel'; 'Wild Sea Trout with Samphire & Saffron'; 'Venison with Wild Mushrooms' and 'Scotch Fillet & The Onion Family'.
Fish from the local day boats and seasonal game both figure prominently.
Desserts are simple, but of the same high standard with perhaps 'Caramelised Apple Tart'; 'Hot Chocolate Pudding' and Poached Pears & Verbena Ice Cream' among the offerings.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00, set L £23.50 (3 courses); mains about £19 to £28
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.00, mains about £19 to £28; set D 29.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 60, plus 20 outside
- Wine: an interesting list, has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Salisbury or Ashurst Rail (both about 10 miles)
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon, check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available