Only the bar was open but we could see into the restaurant room and that looked clean, crisp and cared for. The bar had a well worn, traditional 'regulars' feel to it as we entered so expectations weren't high, but we were with friends who had a dog and these days they find it's hard to find places on the internet who allow dogs in. the bar room has a roaring open fire and lots of comfy, well-upolstered chairs so really comfy after a brisk, walk along the river.
The hotel is in a bit of a time-warp, and the ground floor could do with an update, especially as the first thing you pass as you walk in are the toilets... however, the landlady was wonderful, warm, friendly and gave you the feeling you were cared for and looked after.
As we sat down people started to chat to us- really welcoming and these days is a rarity- recommending the puddings [especially the ginger sponge and custard] which is always a good sign.
The home cooked steak and ale pie, the local venison sausage on mustard mash and the chicken stuffed with their own recipe wild garlic pesto were fantastic... with home made mushy peas, perfectly crisp but fluffy chips and a side order of pickled cabbage for the sausages. It was wholesome, tasty and freshly cooked to order.
Good Black Sheep bitter- the barman knows what he's doing doing and does it very well!
The light and spicy ginger sponge and proper custard didn't disappoint either! Good coffee which was a revelation for a traditional pub.
Just visiting for the evening meal but had a scroll through the pictures of the bedrooms on the website - they look like they have a traditional, homely feel too, so not trendy boutique quality, but what a happy place... I bet the breakfast is fantastic!
Thoroughly recommend the food and the atmosphere... certainly looking forward to a return visit.
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