Find this good gastro-pub in a Grade II listed building, down a cobbled alley. Expect big oak tables, a scattering of leather sofas, plus an open fire in cooler months.
You can eat in the bar, outside in clement weather, or upstairs in the dedicated dining room, and chef Jake Platt offers a seasonally-changing menu which concentrates on local seasonal food - organic if possible.
An early autumn snapshot listed 'Cornish Sardines with Slow-Roasted Tomato Sauce & Rocket'; 'Bath Chap with Onion Purée, Poached Duck Egg & Watercress'; 'Roast Wood Pigeon with Pearl Barley, Pancetta & Beetroot Jus' and 'Seared Scallops, Parsnip Purée, Espresso & Meat Juices' among the starters.
'Roast Hake, Cooked with White Wine & Mushrooms and Parsley Mash'; 'Lightly-Smoked Organic Salmon with Put Lentils, Foie Gras & Sprout Tops'; 'Mushroom Risotto with Baked Somerset Goats' Cheese' and 'Dry-Aged Single Rib of Beef with Anna Potato, Sprout Tops & Salt-Roast Beetroot' listed among the mains.
Those with a sweet tooth might be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Clotted Cream'; 'Vanilla Crème Brulée with Spiced Apples' and 'Valrhona Chocolate Delice with Parsnip Ice Cream' while cheese lovers are offered a selection of British Artisan Cheeses.
Lunchtime brings lighter dishes, including Montgomery Cheddar Ploughman's.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-15.00; mains about £12 to £25
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-22.00; mains about £12 to £25; set D £24 to £30
- Seats: 60, plus 40 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: all Mon & D Sun (for food)
- Outside eating