Popped in for lunch on a grey, wet weekday lunchtime. The pub is easy to find with the red tractor outside, and there's ample parking. The building itself is quaint both inside and out, with the usual odd assortment of paraphernalia adorning the walls and ceilings, as well as wood beams and a roaring open fire. The pub was quiet, but then on a dreary weekday lunchtime just after New Year, it was hardly surprising. This is a Greene King establishment so there were only two ales on offer during my visit, but the Rocking Rudolph (GK's version of Hardys & Hansons 4.2% Christmas ale) was well kept and pretty tasty.
Lunch consisted of a bowl of 'Texas Chilli' for myself which tasted fine and had a pleasant spicy heat to it, and was plenty sufficient in size for me. My friend opted for the the home made burger which was adorned with char-grilled onion and peas. Both dishes were accompanied with salads that included celery & carrots as well as the typical ingredients, and were thankfully not drowned in dressing as so many pubs seem to insist on these days. We were also provided with a huge dish of chips and offered a selection of sauces if we wished.
Service was friendly and quick and the whole lunch, while certainly not fine-dining, was substantial and enjoyable. I would certainly pop in again if in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Early 15th century coaching house offering en suite accomadation. Some of the origional low oak beams can still be seen in the bar and restaurant, along with memorabilia from throughout the ages displayed on the walls, including many antiquties. Also offers a large garden and patio area with outside seating. ... more less