Find this deservedly-popular foodie pub up a cul-de-sac lane, midway between Cheltenham and Cirencester. Expect an imposing Cotswold stone edifice with beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, dried hops, hanging pewter tankards and open fires.
Food is taken very seriously, chef/proprietor Richard Johnson having a wealth of experience, including a period working for Gordon Ramsay. The kitchen offers everything from freshly-cut lunchtime sandwiches & light bites to an ambitious à la carte menu.
A summer version of this included 'Smoked Haddock, Tomato, Chive & Saffron Risotto with Parmesan Wafers'; 'Pressed Ham Hock, Chicken & Duck Terrine with Red Onion & Watercress Salad & Toasted Brioche' and 'Warm Goats' Cheese & Asparagus Tart with Red Pepper Ice Cream' among the starters.
'Roasted Fillet of Salmon in a Shellfish Soup and a Crab Salad'; 'Breast of Chicken in a Korma Sauce with Pilaff Rice & Naan'; 'Pan-Fried Crispy Duck with Chocolate Linguini and Peach & Ginger Tart Tatin' and 'Peppered Fillet Steak with Confit Chunky Chips, Roast Vine Tomatoes & Hollandaise Sauce' listed among the mains.
Desserts are not to be missed, with the likes of 'Cherry Crème Brulée with a White Chocolate Basket filled with Cherry Compote'; 'Summer Pudding with Balsamic Ice Cream' and 'Amaretto Pannacotta with Almond & Chocolate Biscuit' there to tempt you.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains £11.95 to £20.95
- Dinner: all week 18.30-20.45; mains £11.95 to £20.95
- Wine: a well-chosen list has fair mark-ups
- Nearest station: Cheltenham Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available