Reputedly the oldest continuously licensed pub in Shropshire and set in a conservation village, this free house can trace its roots to the 15th century. The rambling low-beamed bar with vast inglenook (complete with cauldron, black kettle and pewter jugs) and comfortable beamed dining room are refreshingly undisturbed by music, TV or games machines. Choose from the excellent cask ales and ponder your choice of sustenance: good-value home-made fare includes a range of baguettes, jackets and ploughman's, alongside Shropshire Fidget pie – gammon cooked in spiced cider and apples with a puff pastry top; Cajun spiced tuna steak or mushroom and spinach lasagne.
Open all year
Days closed: Monday (excluding bank holiday lunch) and Sunday evening November to March
Opening times: 12–2.30 6–11 (Saturday to Sunday 12–11) (November to March 12–2.30 6–11 Saturday 12–11 Sunday 12–4)
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12–2.30
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6–9 (Tuesday to Saturday 6–9 November to March)
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
From Church Stretton on A49, take B4371 towards Much Wenlock. Through Hope Bowdler, leftsigned Cardington. Or from Much Wenlock, take B4371 towards Chruch Stretton. Turn right at Cardington sign.