This hostelry has been smartened up in line with the gastropub blueprint. Its swanky interiors are now split between a stylish dining area & a relaxed bar. The food is pretty good, with a wide-ranging menu offering something for all moods, tastes & preferences: grazing boards for a catch-up with friends, toasted sausage sandwiches, venison & chorizo burgers or beef, ale & baby onion pie for comfort-food seekers, plus fillet of sea bass with salsa verde & garlic mash or duck breast with Puy lentil & vegetable salad for those after something more upmarket.
Winner of last year’s ‘Best Pub List’ is back – and why not? Fifty wines is a bijou selection, but perfect for a town-centre gastropub. Everything but fizz and fortified is available by the glass – at excellent prices and handily separated out by style, not country. In a great touch, each stylistic group is available as a wine flight.