From the outside, this pub doesn't exactly wear its heart on its sleeve: unadorned building with a large loose chip car park. However, as soon as you go in, you realize this is somewhere quite special. The staff are welcoming and helpful -- we came on spec on a Sunday lunchtime, but they found us a table immediately and were very attentive, even though by the time we left, the place was full.
The food was excellent: traditional cooking and hearty helpings -- not a sign of 'boil-in-the-bag' fare. The ambience; rustic, honest, unpretentious -- just perfect for a relaxed lunch. A lot of the clientele seemed to be local, but there was nothing 'Royston Vaseyish' about this establishment. As another reviewer pointed out, one was made to feel very much at home. I was disappointed to learn that they don't offer accommodation; otherwise I would seriously have considered spending a night or so there.
As it is, I shall certainly eat there again when I'm next in that neck of the woods. Excellent!
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