Find this old inn, with comfortable bedrooms, in this small village in the Lambourn Valley - and a worthwhile detour from the M4. As well as real ales, old beams and a general horse racing theme, you'll find good food, and an ambitious menu.
It's under the same ownership as The Anchor Inn at Lower Froyle & The Peat Spade Inn Longstock - so standards are high.
The menu changes seasonally, but winter starters such as 'Six Maldon Oysters with Sweet & Sour Red Wine Onions'; 'Potted Salmon & Shrimps with Toast'; 'Duck Egg Benedict'; 'Ragstone Goats Cheese & Roasted Beetroot Salad with Pine Nuts and Balsamic Dressing'; 'Breaded Lamb's Neck with Sauce Gribiche' and ' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Rib-Eye Steak with Barnaise Sauce & Fat-Cut Chips'; 'Breaded Pig's Cheeks with White Pudding Mash & Scrumpy Sauce'; 'Whole Lemon Sole with Capers, Anchovies & Parsley' and 'Fish & Chips with a Pea Pure' listed among the mains.
The sweet-toothed might be tempted by 'Organic Apple Pie with Custard'; 'Rice Pudding & Mulled Winter Fruits' or 'Bitter Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Sorbet' - while 'Welsh Rabbit' or their selection of English Artisan Cheeses with Local Quince Paste will lure others.
The terrace and garden are popular during summer months, when barbecues are held.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30 (Sun 16.00); set L £17.50 (2 courses); mains about £13 to £25; set L Sun £24.50
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-21.30; mains about £13 to £25
- Seats: 50, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list, travels the world, kicking off at around the £15 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Hungerford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th Dec.
- Outside eating
- Rooms available