We rented a cottage nearby and with the help of the owner and Alistair Sawday's guide book found this fantastic pub. Having read it up in the guide book I realised that the owner was Stephen Bull who had previously run the Lough Pool Inn, so was expecting a treat. We were not disappointed! You will need directions to find it as it is well hidden down narrow country lanes. Situated beside a stream, a small pub converted now to almost exclusive food supply, but still having some excellent beer on tap from Wye Valley Brewery at the small bar. Two guys were our hosts behind the bar and taking orders, very welcoming and superbly efficient. Very helpful as the wine list is much varied with some rare offerings (amazingly no French red!). After a long chat we settled for Greco Di Tufo Terredora, a white from Italy. I can thoroughly recommend this if you ever see it! We started with Stephen's signature dish of twice baked cheese souffle and crab mousse, both fantastic then moved onto simple fish and chips! BUT served in the lightest of beer batter, beautiful intense green mashed peas (not mushy) and fresh crunchy chips. I had pork filet with black pudding croquet which was just magnificent. I finished with cheese which came with two chutneys, one of which was beetroot which was one of the nicest things I have ever tasted. Followed by great coffee freshly ground beans straight into the espresso machine! and fresh real mint tea looking like it was growing out of the teapot! A great find and very worth a visit, not cheap but worth every penny for food and service of this quality.
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