By a lonely crossroads with views towards Glastonbury Tor, this long, whitewashed building was a coaching inn in the 18th century, and its arched doorway once led into the blacksmith's forge. Beers include Butcombe and guest ales, with real ciders from Wilkins Farmhouse and Thatchers Gold. A bar menu lists lunchtime baguettes, jacket potatoes, ploughman's and cheesy chips, while among traditional, home-cooked mains are steak and ale pie; lasagne (beef or vegetarian) with chips and garlic bread; freshly made smoked salmon tagliatelle; and a range of beef and gammon steaks. Friday night is (motor) Bike Night and the second Wednesday of the month is Acoustic Night.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30 6–11 (Sunday 12–3)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–2.30
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–9
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
1.5 miles north east of Shepton Mallet. From Shepton Mallet take A37 north towards Bristol. At crossroads right into Old Frome Road (follow brown pub sign).