This family-run foodie pub, dating back to the early 18th century, has retained a romantic sense of history the heavy traditional furnishings and portraits of local residents giving the feeling that little has changed here over the years.
On the food front you can eat in a snug to the side of the bar, or more formally in the candlelit dining room. The cooking style might nowadays be called 'unpretentious gastro' (but the second word wouldn't be approved of by the kitchen) and basically the operation sources top-quality local ingredients and cooks them in a rustic manner that might be familiar to our grandparents but now unfortunately so seldom found.
Lunchtime brings snacks/light meals such as 'Whole Tunworth Baked Cheese with Toast & Salad' and 'Confit Duck Leg with Apricot Chutney' perhaps through 'Smoked Haddock Kedgeree with Poached Hen's Egg' to more elaborate dishes shared with the evening menu.
While changing with the seasons, this offers the likes of 'Saffron-Poached Pear with Stilton Mousse, Walnut & Chicory Salad'; 'Home-Cured Smoked Salmon with Caviar, Pickled Cucumber & Toast' and 'Wild Wood Pigeon Breast with Shallot, Red Wine & Pearl Barley Risotto' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Trio of Tissington Sausages with Mash, Onion Marmalade & Gravy'; 'Beer-Battered Haddock Fillet with Pea Purée & Chips'; 'Roast Breast & Leg of Duck with Game Chips, Sticky Red Cabbage & Jus' and 'Fillet of Local Beef with Saffron Fondant Potato, Mushroom Gratin, Roast Tomato & Tempura-Battered Scallions' listed among the mains.
The sweet-toothed might be tempted by 'Vanilla Cheesecake with Seasonal Berries & Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Chocolate Mousse with Lavender Cream' or 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce' while cheese lovers will find their selection of artisan British varieties hard to resist.
The pub also has excellent farm shop, in a converted carriage house at the back.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; mains about £11 - £18
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.00, Sun 18.30-20.00; mains about £14 - £28
- Seats: 46, plus about 60 outside
- Wine: A carefully-chosen list, travels the world, and has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Outside eating