Ashley and Kelly McCarthy took over this 17th-century country pub and have worked hard to transform it into a thriving inn. They added a bar area and extended the dining area, allowing them more space to increase the excellent themed events, cookery demonstrations and classes that have proved so popular. In the dining room they have a deli where freshly baked bread, home-made jams and chutneys, fresh fish and daily essentials can be bought. A marquee in the garden overlooks rolling countryside and is used for large functions, which includes a summer beer festival and regular farmers’ markets. Ashley takes pride in sourcing food and ale from small local producers and suppliers, including salads from his own polytunnel, and his menus are innovative and exciting. Lunches include light bites such as sandwiches, plus there’s an excellent Sunday lunch menu featuring locally sourced roasted meats. Expect Yorkshire-style main courses such as slow-braised lamb shoulder or duo of local sausages. Precede with heritage beetroot or chicken terrine. Finish with caramel apple crumble tart. All dishes come with a wine recommendation, or look to the handpumps – Rudgate Battle Axe and Timothy Taylor Landlord are among the choice of seven real ales.
Open all year
Days closed: Monday, Tuesday lunch
Opening times: 9.30–2 6–11 (Tuesday 6–11 Friday to Sunday 9.30am–11pm)
Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–4
Dinner: Tuesday to Friday 6–9, Saturday 5–9.30, Sunday 4–7