Find this very-popular traditional pub, dating back to the 16th century, just a couple of miles outside Stow on the Wold. Expect old beams, flagstone floors, winter log fires and a good selection of real ales.
On the food front, you can eat in the bar, the dining room or on a pretty terrace if the weather allows; and the kitchen headed by Jason Brewster uses top-quality local ingredients, such as Herefordshire beef, Gloucester Old Spot Pork and Cotswold Lamb.
An early summer version listed 'Hot Smoked Trout, Avocado & Cucumber Tian with Gazpacho Sauce & Wild Rocket Leaves'; 'Local Asparagus with Parmesan Shavings, Butter & Black Pepper'; Warm Salad of Black Pudding, Smoked Bacon & Croûtons, topped with a Poached Hen's Egg' and 'Gloucester Old Spot, Pistachio & Apricot Terrine with Cumberland Sauce & Sultana Bread' among the starters.
'Slow-Braised Shank of Lamb with Lemon Thyme Jus'; 'Bacon-Wrapped Breast of Free-Range Chicken filled with Sage & Onion Farce with Parmentier Potatoes, Local Asparagus & Lemon Cream'; 'Twice-Baked Oxford Blue Cheese Soufflé with Apple & Celery Cream plus various Steaks, listed among the mains.
As much attention goes into their impressive desserts which might include 'Individual Rhubarb & Apple Crumble with Ginger Ice Cream & Cardamom Crème Anglaise'; 'Griottine Cherry, Honey & Almond Tart with Chocolate Ripple Ice Cream & Vanilla Sauce' and 'Iced Tiramisu Parfait with Coffee Syrup & Chocolate Triangle' while those with a more savoury tooth should enjoy their selection of Local Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains £13 to £20
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.00, Sun 19.00-21.00; mains £13 to £20
- Wine: a concise, but carefully-chosen, list has modest mark-ups
- Nearest station: Moreton in Marsh
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Outside eating
- Rooms available