Real ales, hearty food and serious charity fundraiser
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Open all year
This 16th-century tile-hung gem is situated in a lovely rural location and has changed little over the years. The McCutcheon family has run it since 1929; sisters Claire and Nisa, both born and brought up here, are now the third generation with their names over the door. Tucked away off the road, it comprises two tiny bars – the ‘public’ is Tudor, with beams, tiled floor, inglenook fireplace, scrubbed tables, wooden benches, tree-trunk stools and a ‘library’; the saloon (or Smoking Room, as it is still called) is Victorian. Beers are dispensed from barrels, there is no till and the toilets are across the road. Food is no-nonsence in keeping too: ham and pea soup; hot Scotch eggs (some days); cheddar ploughman’s; and various quiches. The large garden has plenty of tables surrounded by country-cottage flowers and fruit trees. Quiz nights raise huge sums for charity, for which Claire’s partner Tony grows and sells flowers outside. Ask about the Harrow Scrapbook and the Harrow Cook Book, a collection of customers' recipes, both on sale for charity, as well as Christmas cards sold for Macmillan and The Rosemary Foundation. Children are welcome in the beautiful garden, where there is a gazebo.