Good Hotel Guide Review
Behind the door of this ironstone 19th-century village pub are chic country house interiors, buzzing dining rooms, homely bedrooms and an exuberant host. Lorraine Willoughby, who runs the pub with husband Paul, charms guests with her warmth, enthusiasm and efficiency, flitting between tables in one of the beamed dining areas. Understated and elegant, with grey-panelled walls, linen-covered chairs and white napery, these rooms feel intimate, as does the bar with its armchairs, fireplace and glowing table lamps. ‘Excellent quality’ food, cooked with confidence but without fuss, might include pan-roasted duck breast with cherry ketchup and salt-baked celeriac, and salmon with lemon and dill risotto, accompanied by a ‘small but interesting’ wine list. Bedrooms are homely affairs with pretty wallpapers, solid country furniture, good-quality fabrics and village or countryside views. One is cosily tucked under the eaves; another is in a separate barn conversion. ‘Breakfast is promptly served and piping hot.’ ‘Within easy reach of the A1, it’s well worth the detour.’ (R and J Grimley, RG)
5. 1 on ground floor in barn conversion.
all year except for all public holidays, incl. 25/26 Dec, Mon all day, Sun eve, Tues–Sat lunch.
bar, 3 dining rooms (vegetarian menu), patio, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.