A visit to this excellent foodie pub can easily allow the mind to thinking it's stepping back in history - as this building has operarated as an inn since the 16th century, then, as a blacksmiths as well since the mid seventeen hundreds.
Reminders of this past are still there to see, with slate & stone floors, oak beams, open log fires - and working gas lights.
On the food front, lunchtime brings everything from sandwiches to full three-course lunch.
The menu expands in the evening, with Spring starters such as 'Buffalo Mozzarella, Roasted Pepper & Anchovy Bruschetta with Rocket & Balsamic Dressing'; 'Tempura King Prawns with Oriental Salad & Sweet Chili Sauce'; 'Warm Salad of Shredded Duck Leg with Leaves & Hoisin Sauce' and 'Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Pancetta with Garlic Bruschetta & Balsamic Syrup' setting the style.
These might be followed by 'Beer-Battered Hake Fillet with Peas, Home-Made Chips & Tartare Sauce'; 'Slow-Braised Shoulder of Minted Lamb with Parsnip Crisps, Roasted Root Vegetables & Dauphinoise Potatoes'; 'Roasted Pork Tenderloin Wrapped with Pancetta with a Chorizo & Chickpea Casserole & Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes' and 'Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil and Parmesan & Mixed Leaf Salad' - there's also a selection of Steaks, and other items from the Grill for those that like their food uncluttered!
Local Cheeses - plus Puds, such as 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Lime & Ginger Crème Brulée with Shortbread Biscuit' might be there to tempt you at the end.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00; set L £9.95 (1 course), £12.95 (2 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.00-21.00; mains about £11 to £17
- Seats: 40, plus 24 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen, concise, list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec.
- Outside eating