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A community owned pub. Manager Brandon welcomes you with real ale, locally sourced food, real fires in Winter and fabulous views over the valley from our beer garden. We also offer guest accommodation at the pub which is an en-suite room with king size bed, hot drink making facilities and a mini fridge. Bookings can be made direct by calling the pub. Our pub kitchen is open the following hours: Monday 5pm till 9pm Tuesday - Friday 12pm till 3pm, then 5pm till 9pm Saturday 12pm till 9pm Sunday 12pm till 7pm
PRICE RANGE
£3 - £29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Pub, Bar, Grill
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Needs to do better not been in a while went to see if it had improved from the poor management of previous. Now owned by a pub company. The staff where friendly and very good can't fault them. Much of the work that's needed has...not been done, and the horrid dark dividers are still there. The drinks were good price probably about average, the food was 2 for £15 there were 3 in our party so the other was 8.50 the food was average at best and menu limited. Big improvement needed but hopefully it will come it's been a good pub in the pastMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant Friday night experiencing the new menu and new wine on offer. All with lovely, friendly and attentive service. My wife chose the pan fried hake from the specials board which the kitchen team were able to switch out the chorizo potatoes with an alternative....We both had starters, again from the specials board, which were beautifully presented and tasted superb. We shared a cheesecake dessert with raspberry and hints of ginger and amaretto - yum! We were so pleased to see the extended wine menu and after our starter drinks we enjoyed a lovely bottle of savvy b with our meal. To finish, a sneaky digestive each and overall a brilliant evening out at The Cow for less than £100 for two people. Well fed, well watered and very, very happy. Ok, I’ll admit it, tipsy. :)More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked an evening meal for 3 people on Valentine’s Day. On booking this we were told there was a set menu alongside their usual evening menu. On arrival we were only given the set menu priced at £59.99 per couple. The young lad who...served us informed us that it would not be a problem and would be pro rata for 3 people so we ordered our starters and mains. 15 minutes later we were told it wasn’t possible to order 3 meals from the set Valentines menu and that we would have to pay the cost of 4 meals or one of us would have to order from the specials menu. We offered to pay for 4 meals if they gave us a bottle of wine. This was rejected and the manager came to talk to us. Lucy was clearly not prepared to go out of her way to help us saying it was not possible because of the computer system. She left us no alternative but to cancel our order and leave 45 minutes after we arrived. Lucy then had the nerve to charge us for 3 drinks. This is extremely disappointing particularly as we have just moved into the area and were keen to try The Spotted Cow. Unfortunately you have NOT given a good impression and we will be telling our friends not to bother going here as well.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunday lunch at spotted cow today under the brilliant new chef... wow it was excellent couldn't fault it and homemade pudding was delicious! Pub was buzzing so great to see in our village! Absolutely well worth a visit 10/10

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Managed to fit us in on a really busy day, late on just before end of service. Thankfully because we had just been on a lovely walk around the area and the children were getting really tired. The staff were fantastic and very welcoming, pointing...us in the direction of the board games for the boys too. Food turned up promptly and was very warm, tasty and certainly filled a hole. The braised cabbage was fantastic and the meat was so soft and flavoursome. We will certainly be heading back to see what else is on the menu. Thank you very much to The Spotted Cow Staff.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this pub for a drink, and was blown away by the giant home-made Yorkshire Puddings, we viewed the menu to see it was priced at £15.25. BUT based on the whoppas coming out the kitchen we booked a table. On 28/1/24@1.30 we attended,...the car park was empty which should have been a red flag, nevertheless we were seated. Both ordered the Beef Dinner, we waited a good 45 mins, but knowing a good thing cannot be rushed we thought it would be well worth the wait. The young lad presented the dinner, with a lack of yorkshire my husband asked are they coming seperate. The young lad nervously said there to the right of your plate. We both looked, and noticed 2 uncooked round things which didnt resemble a yorkshire pudding. Even a Aunt Bessies would have been more superior. The lad said errr, we dont do the big ones anymore the chef has left. We started to eat the dinners, mine was stone cold, so sent it back my husband started on his, the roast potatoes were frozen ones and the mash was smash. Mine, was pinged and was very hot, so had to leave it to cool. I looked at the plate and thought, does this resemble value for ££, no, so asked to speak to the manager. We were told she couldnt come as she was busy cooking the dinners. I insisted, she finally came, I told her we had booked on the pretence of the yorkshires, she said sorry I sacked the chef. She then went onto complain she had been in the kitchen since 6.30am cooking on a erratic oven ??? Not my fault I replied, she then defended herself by sayin eat elsehere next time ?? A certain air of lack of customer service.. I said I would. She then told me she had a degree in marketing, and offered to charge me for one dinner, if she had a degree in marketing she would know the power of Facebook & TripAdvisor Reviews. I since learned the pub has been taken over by Pub People so will contact them direct. Look at the photoes would you pay that money for the standard of that sunday roast ???? You have been warned dont be fooled by old Facebook photos... AVOID...AVOID !!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

I read the recent reviews and was expecting something exceptional. Unfortunately it was not.I wont be rushing back.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 January 2024

Wonderfully tasty home cooked food, the steak was cooked to perfection. Bar staff were incredibly attentive and exceptionally knowledgeable. The pub is going from strength to strength and it’s a gem of a place that I feel lucky to be able to have locally. The...welcoming atmosphere is infectious and we have bought many a friend here from outside the area that wish to return whenever they are in the area. Top staff, great food, welcoming atmosphere. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 January 2024 via mobile

Welcoming pub with great atmosphere. Had the steak and others in our group had the tandoori chicken - it was all excellent! Feels like this pub has turned a corner under new management.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 January 2024

A once confused and poorly run pub has been revitalised as a warm and welcoming place to eat, drink, have fun. Friendly staff, great new leadership and a pub company that clearly understands how to let local pubs thrive. The food is great, beer is...good and the whole atmosphere has changed, making for a great place to come and enjoy!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Great pub, badly run. Used to be a vibrant local with great beer, excellent service and good food. None of those apply now. Poorly trained, inexperienced and unsupervised young staff doing their best. Beer could be better kept. Good varied food menu, unfortunately with several...of the menu items not available (early evening on a weeknight!). and what we were served was served lukewarm on lukewarm plates. We are big supporters of local businesses trying their best, but this is now not one of them. We note the poor Trip Advisor reviews over the last few months, why is the manager at the Spotted Cow not listening and acting on their unhappy customers experience?More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023

This pub has so much potential. I understand it has recently been taken over by a pub company who really need to up their game. Food very average and not reasonably priced, but the main disappointment was how cold it is. A couple of days...before Christmas and no fires lit! Couldn't wait to get home to get warm.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 December 2023 via mobile

Visited mid week for a drink to find a pub full of Xmas party diners & drinkers. Whilst it is pleasing to see the pub doing well on the run up the Xmas, it is also upsetting & stressful to see so much chaos! No...sign of anyone in charge, and inexperienced youngsters behind the bar struggling to cope. Such a shame & we would think twice about going in there to eat.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2023 via mobile

Lovely cosy pub so a shame our experience wasn’t great. A limited Sunday menu, and to add to the limitations, half of the mains weren’t available. Limited wine and ale selection too. Our Sunday dinners were small and there wasn’t an option to add extras....The staff were nice but seemed a little inexperienced and we were waiting a long time for our bill after asking for it. Overall I think this place has potential as the village it’s in is lovely and it has a cosy atmosphere, but the food and service need improvements.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

Agree with another comment from this weekend- pub absolutely freezing. 230 /ish early November and no fire (and felt like no other heating either). Praise to the youngsters front of house who were keeping place going, but no obvious sign of management or direction from...anyone…. Menu extremely limited for a Sunday lunch … beef was ok but lack of atmosphere, cold pub and general sense of a business on its way out and nobody really caring made this a rather depressing experience .. Went to dead poets up village for some crisps, beer and, oh, the fire was on ….More

Date of visit: November 2023
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