Although built as a manor house in 1275, most of the structure is 16th century; it has been an inn since 1771 – the public rooms contain artefacts from its bygone days. The name apparently means ‘meeting of waters’ in Old English. Locally brewed Acorn Yorkshire Pride shares bar space with ambassadors from the further-flung Marston’s, Jennings and Wychwood. Traditional home-made food includes sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes, hot paninis and burgers then there’s pie of the day; giant Yorkshire puddings; home-made chilli; butter bean stew; and the ‘mammoth’ mixed grill. One of the desserts could be their treacle sponge. A play area and an enclosure for peacocks, geese and chickens are outside.
Closed: 25 December
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 10.30am–11pm
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday to Sunday 12–9 (summer all week 12–9)
Dinner: Monday to Friday 5.30–9, Saturday to Sunday 12–9 (summer all week 12–9)