I can't believe I did this. I ordered a vegetarian meal. well, nearly. And it was excellent.
What a great pub. Perched above the village of Chalford with its stone buildings and narrow lanes - leave the Rangerover at home - where one almost feels one has strayed into a corner of Cornwall. Not easy to find, one has to make a point of going there, but the combination of flourishing and hard to find, says it has to be good.
The décor, too pretentious a word for this down to earth establishment, is typical olde pub, but in a good way. Pubby carpet, offwhite walls, beams, all a bit ramshackle and funky. Rather like being in a well worn sitting room. No muzak. No games machines. No tele. Bliss.
There's a garden with both covered and uncovered seating.
The staff, very welcoming. Decent choice of ales and ciders. Locals debating the Times crossword in the bar. It felt like a locals pub - no big boozy parties. Like a step into the past, and all the better for it.
We went on Sunday. The menu is small, and all fresh. No huge list of 'specials' out of a freezer.
Despite there being roast beef or pork on offer, wife and I both had Nut Wellington, which came piping hot with vegetarian or meat gravy, and an excellent selection of vegetables including some super roast potatoes.
Then chocolate orange sponge with ice cream, superb.
And not expensive.
There was no sense of being rushed, relaxed service, stayed 2 hours over our meal and a drink.
Will certainly go again.
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