One of the most picturesque and historic pubs in the area thus can be very busy on high days and holidays so certainly wise to book and as the car park can get full my tip would be to get there early.
We were dining on a Wednesday evening late May so the pub was pleasantly busy but not full to bursting. Good choice on main menu plus a sheet of specials and the price of the main courses I thought gave good value. The first time for ages I have seen a fillet steak for under £20 (actually £19) and this was a good size, and accompanied by huge field mushroom, tomato, mange tout, crisp chips and optional peppercorn sauce. My companions also enjoyed their starters and mains (we were too full for dessert this time) and the food came absolutely piping hot. Food came out from the kitchen in good time and served by three most pleasant young waitresses who had been clearly very well trained. Food orders were taken at the table so not sure why one reviewer said they had to pay at bar. On this evening the owners were guiding things with a very light touch and from what I could see all diners were very happy with their food and the service.
The menu now carries a rather starkly worded sentence or two that at busy times priority will be given to "reserved tables",I am not sure that this is a good addition and wonder if really necessary but this is the choice of the owners and as they run an excellent pub I am not going to argue.
Good choice of usual drinks, real ales linked to Marstons, choice of teas and coffees but only a small mint at the end...not a chocolate one which I really like!
There is a newish lit decked terrace area in the garden with good tables which looks very nice and gives great views of the surrounding downland.
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