The first time I drove past this pub I thought it looked a bit tatty and uninviting. Having seen on their website that they have won several awards for their food, though, I decided we should give it a go, and we were so glad we did. The inside is divided into a very nice dining area and, up a few steps, a pleasantly old-fashioned bar area; there is a large garden, with a play-area for kids, at the back, although that didn't appeal greatly on a soggy November day!
There is a fairly extensive 'standard' menu, plus a blackboard crammed full of specials, both based on local produce; unusually for a pub, there is also a decent choice of appealing-looking vegetarian options - it's really not difficult, so why don't more pubs do this? We had a couple of tasty and extremely generously-filled baguettes - so generously filled that I couldn't finish mine - which were reasonably priced at around £5-£6 each. The beer was apparently very good, too, although I can't tell you at first-hand as I was driving and so had to stick to soft drinks. The landlord was as welcoming and helpful as anyone could ask.
Given all the above, it's not surprising that the place was fairly busy: I would imagine that advance booking is needed at busy times, although we found a spare table with no difficulty on a Saturday lunchtime. It's a shame this place is well out of my usual way, as I would be very pleased to go back at any time.
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