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High-quality food close to the M1

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly

Rory McLean and Samantha Laye successfully run this character pub with its log-burning fires and cosy snug. Between Rugby and Lutterworth, in the pretty village of Shawell, the pub is just a few minutes from the M1, making it a perfect place to stop for a pint of local Dow Bridge Gladiator ale or Aspall cider. Chef Rory used to cook in some of London’s most notable restaurants and his modern British food is worth a detour. A starter of game Scotch egg, celeriac remoulade and soused vegetables might precede curried monkfish, spiced red lentils, coconut and coriander. Finish with rhubarb Bakewell tart and cardamom pannacotta or a plate of four cheeses. The fixed-price lunch menu might feature fishcake with asparagus, poached egg and hollandaise or beer-battered haddock, chips, peas and tartare sauce.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Dow Bridge Acris and Gladiator, Church End Goats Milk
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Events

  • Beer festival

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

M6 junction 1, A426, at roundabout into Gibbet Lane (by garage) to Shawell. Or M1 junction 19, A5 towards Nuneaton. Under M6, at roundabout into Gibbet Lane (by garage)

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