This eye-catching gabled and tile-hung village centre inn is equally appealing inside, with heavy beams, huge brick-and-timber inglenook, rug-strewn bare board flooring and antiquey furnishings dappling the main rooms. Funky design touches abound, from the top hat lampshades and pillar of books in the bar, to the French horns for urinals in the Gents and the stuffed squirrel that appears to hold up a ceiling. A cosy snug is furnished with leather chesterfields and shelves of books, and the Stable with a Table is an inspired function room with long sunken table and benches, perfect for the pub’s regular talk evenings and demonstration dinners. Regular entertainment events add another strand to this very popular old coaching inn. Beers from Harvey’s and local breweries populate the handpulls. Menu choices are a cut above the ordinary; starters may include pulled beef croquette with piccalilli; versatile mains typically cover aromatic pork belly with cauliflower purée and wild mushrooms, or catch of the day such as hake fillet, piquillo peppers, potatoes and chorizo.