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Pleasing combination of traditional ambience and eclectic food

At a glance

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

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 smoked chicken, peach, almond and endive salad with raspberry vinaigrette, or a broth of mussels, bay and chilli served with crusty bread. These might precede mains of confit chicken leg, spiced potato hash, red wine sauce; plaice fillets stuffed with crab, creamy mash, wilted spinach and hollandaise sauce. If you are looking for something a touch more ‘pub classic’, there’s also a daily pie with creamy mash, peas and gravy or beer battered haddock, hand-cut chips, tartar 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.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner: all week 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Otter Amber, North Cotswold Windrush, Paradigm Fake News
  • Real ciders: Orchard Pig Maverick, Pheasant Plucker

Price guide

  • Main course from12.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Cider festival, August


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

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