Pleasing combination of traditional ambience and eclectic food
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Open all year
Dominic Wood (with help from Alfie the dog) heads up the young and passionate team in this 17th-century countryside pub that once had its own smithy. You’ll find it in the pretty Cotswold village of Asthall, where the Mitford sisters were raised. The church is worth a visit, and the manor often hosts public events. There’s a large selection of over 100 gins, well-conditioned cask ales including Otter Ale and Paradigm Fake News, craft beers and ciders plus around 20 wines by the glass. The ambitious kitchen uses only the finest, fresh local ingredients to create dishes such as starters of wild mushroom broth with herb gnocchi or venison and black pudding Scotch egg. These might precede mains of kedgeree with poached egg; wild boar burger with skinny chips. If you are looking for something a touch more ‘pub classic’, there’s also a daily pie with creamy mash, seasonal veg and gravy or beer battered haddock, hand-cut chips, tartare sauce and peas. Either way, you will want to leave room for one of the home-made desserts, which tick all the right boxes when it comes to comfort food.