This is the best kind of country pub, and very well worth a detour. The host is gentle. thoughtful, diplomatic and cheerful, and he knows how to produce excellent food with original touches.
You would pay twice the winter price of £7.50 for a 2 course lunch at other places and £18 to £20 would be justified for the lovely food you have in this special winter price.. There is an excellent varied menu of serious eating beyond the £7.50 special lunches.
The locals are very funny (on purpose!) and assorted, and the restaurant is always full with the sort of experienced eaters who know good food, but avoid pretentious hotellishness.
The place is comfortable and epitomises the best of British.
Without asking, you get a carafe of chilled water on your table, it is that sort of caring eating house, owing a lot to the Continental origins of the landlord.
This, my fifth visit, lived up to all the others, and I would choose to eat here above anywhere for many miles around.
Certainly worth a visit from the Devizes or Pewsey areas, and an ideal break to any journey.
Not well enough known...yet.
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