While still a 'local' offering real ales, the reason most people come to this timbered pub is because of their good food. Although their comfortable bedrooms make this an ideal base if exploring Constable country.
The menu follows the seasons and lists a blend of modern and retro dishes – from a past time that perhaps never was! Still all works well.
A summer menu snapshot brought 'Cold Fish Platter – smoked prawns, smoked salmon, smoked trout, crayfish tails, walnut bread & marie rose sauce'; 'Heritage Tomato Salad with Cannellini Beans, Avodo, Red Onions & Sherry Vinaigrette'; Pan-Fried Squid with Fresh Local Cherry Tomato & Chorizo Salad & Coriander Mayonnaise 'and 'Hereford Marinated Short Beef Ribs with Bourbon Sauce & Crusty Bread' among the starters.
'Beer-Battered Fish & Chips'; 'Pan-Roasted Skate Wing with King Prawns, Samphire & Broad Bean Butter & Thick-Cut Chips'; 'Locally-Reared Hereford Rib-Eye Steak with Peppercorn Sauce'; 'Free-Range Herb Chicken with Tomato & Cucumber Salad, Harissa & Couscous' were listed among the mains.
Local fish is a strong point, and this is listed on a blackboard.
Perhaps finish with 'Triple Chocolate Mississippi Pie with Crème Fraiche'; 'Treacle Tart Ice Cream with Candied Pecans & Warm Golden Syrup'; 'Spotted Dick with Raisin Purée & Custard' or their selection of Artisan Cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains about £12 to £21; set L £15 (2 courses), £18 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; Mon-Thurs 18.00-22.00, Fri & Sat 18.00-22.00, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains about £12 to £21
- Seats: 130, plus 100 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list, travels the world, and has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Bures Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec.
- Outside eating
- Rooms available