The attractive, airy interior of this refurbished Edwardian hostelry has all the trappings of a 21st-century gastropub, from wood floors, chunky tables & high-backed leather chairs to lofty ceilings & large windows. It’s owned by ex-F1 racing driver, Julian Bailey – hence the sporting images on the walls. Good beers & a workmanlike wine list keep the local drinkers happy, while the cracking modern British menu aims to pull in punters from further afield with starters such as scallop tempura, crab coleslaw & orange & sesame dressing, plus mains ranging from calf’s liver & bacon, bubble & squeak & a crispy duck egg to curried monkfish, celeriac & potato cake, pea purée & vanilla syrup. Book ahead for Sunday roasts. Efficient service keeps smiling in spite of the pace.