A popular foodie pub and comfortable place to stay, belonging to a small well-run group. There's still a traditional bar with low beams, open fires and historical bric-a-brac, plus a selection of real ales and good selection of wines by the glass.
On the food front, the style is traditional with a few Continental twists. A Bar Menu offering the likes of 'Welsh Rabbit'; 'Devilled Lambs Kidneys'; 'Beer-Battered Haddock with Chips' and 'Toad in the Hole with Shallot Gravy'.
The dining room, candlelit at night, offers a more expansive choice, with an early Summer menu listing 'Seared Scallops with Apple Rémoulade & Blue Cheese Beignet'; 'Dressed Cornish Crab with Lemon Mayonnaise'; 'Pork, Apple & Black Pudding Terrine with Piccalilli' and 'Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Terrine with Shallot Marmalade & Sourdough Toast' among the starters.
'Mixed Grill'; 'Whole Lemon Sole with Burnt Butter, Capers & Parsley'; 'Loin of local Lamb with Stuffed Shoulder, Pea & Mint Puree & Pea Shoots'; 'Glamorgan Sausages with Tomato Relish' and 'Bramley-Flavoured Pork Sausages, Mash & Onion Gravy' listed among the mains.
Traditional school-type puds, such as 'Spotted Dick' and 'Bread & Butter Pudding' with custard are offered at a standard far surpassing our memories of school, while chocoholics might have 'Chocolate Fondant with Pistachio Ice Cream' to tempt them.
If you plan ahead, a stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms is to be thoroughly recommended.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00, Sun 12.00-16.00; mains about £13 to £22
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.30; Sun Bar Menu Only; mains about £13 to £22
- Seats: 74
- Wine: a well-chosen and expansive list, has modest mark-ups, and offers a good selection by the glass
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Bentley or Alton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th Dec.
- Outside eating
- Rooms available