The whole pub is a restaurant - every space is taken up by tables. That's not a problem but it is a surprise. The surroundings are traditional "old country pub" - it's dark, old pews and the like for furniture, a range of old stuff about the place with no real theme except "tradition". It hasn't been put together, it's just come together. This is an eclectic collection of real tat - it is not a pretend collection of old tat put together by a designer trying to make it look traditional. It's brilliant and really refreshing. Even the loo is traditional.
When we went there were three proper cask beers on sale; beautifully kept and served and an exactly the right temperature and condition ... so it's not a lost art at all. There's no need for wine when that's available - although they do have it. The seats are not the most comfortable, but that's not the point; and the rooms are not really romantic, but that's not the point either. This place is special - it wouldn't have been 40 years ago, but it certainly is now.
Then there's the food. It's not particularly quickly served and neither is there a great choice, but my word it's imaginative and the cooking is amazing. I had the pink and slow-cooked lamb; two lovely pieces of lamb cooked quite differently and complementing each other beautifully. Interesting vegetables and just the right amount. My wife had the salmon - again beautifully served. Lovely starters and sweets too, prepared and served well.
The staff are terrific, giving just the right level of attention without being pushy.
The whole experience is like travelling back in time as well as travelling through some breathtaking scenery to get here. And that's great to be able to do.
This is just a lovely place to come and we'll certainly be back again.
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