This cleverly-rebuilt thatched pub with rooms, houses a popular but unusual restaurant.
The kitchen under the direction of chef/proprietor Roy Warburton, has built up an excellent network of local suppliers - fish and specialities from the West Indies, and Tobago in particular, figure prominently.
While the menu follows the seasons, an early Summer version listed 'Caribbean Prawn Cocktail'; 'Salad of Jerk Chicken, Plantain & Crispy Bacon'; 'Seared Local Scallops with a Banana Relish & Basil Oil' and 'Half Mussels, Grilled with Spinach & Spicy Cheese' among the starters.
'Roasted Creole Duck Breast with Black Cherry Compote'; 'Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Compote & Fried Plantain'; 'Creole Whole Sea Bass' and Hot Spicy Cuban Seafood Bouillabaisse with Crusty Bread' listed among the mains.
An impressive 'Fruits de Mers', in the style of Brittany, is offered on Friday & Saturdays - but this needs pre-ordering for a minimum of two helpings, and there is a menu surcharge.
To finish, those with a sweet tooth might be tempted by 'Crème Brulée'; 'Chocolate Truffle Torte' or 'Exotic Caribbean Pavlova'; while cheese lovers should enjoy their selection of local varieties.
For those seeking lighter refreshments freshly-cut sandwiches, and other lighter dishes are offered in the bar or pretty garden.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.45; mains about £10
- Dinner: Tues-Sun 18.00-20.45; set D £28.00 (2 courses), £32.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 42 (plus 50 outside)
- Wine: a well chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Nearest station: Axminster or Crewkerne Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Monday
- Outside eating
- Rooms available