We visited the area for a few days and stayed close to the pub. We were aware that it had been taken over recently after a bad period but were otherwise unaware of its quality. We had a large dog with us which couldn't be left in our cottage, so a dog-friendly pub was essential. On our first visit, after asking the staff first, we were welcomed. Inside, the pub had a good atmosphere, a lovely log fire and an amazing choice of real ales. We asked if we could eat there the next night, complete with the dog. Despite it being a Saturday near Christmas, with a fully booked restaurant and a large party expected in the bar, we were accommodated with a corner table where the dog could spread out in comfort without being a nuisance. The food was freshly cooked traditional pub fare, with generous proportions being served for a reasonable price. A good choice of wine by the glass was also available. We ended up there again on the Sunday night, as we were made so welcome.