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Great village pub. We only went for a beer but found it welcoming and cosy. There were 4 real ales on of which two were interesting, Hobsons Best and the delicious Ringwood Porter. It was great to see the pub busy nearing closing time so they must be doing something right.
Steamer1 - 23 Jan 2015 18:40
We came fir the fidgit pie, having read about it in a travel magazine. Parked up, did a walk in the hills to get a suitable appetite and then to the pub. Beer - choice of 3. Should have gone for the local ludlow beer but couldnt resist the doom bar. Food was excellent, good value and generous portions. Very busy for a sat lunch. Considering how out in the sticks it is, this must be because of their reputation.

Great experience.
Mappiman - 12 Jan 2014 14:15
Classic British country pub in a lovely old village. Several beers on, I tried Hobsons & Pedigree, both we fine. Food was cheap & excellent. Very welcoming for walkers with tile floors and a relaxed attitude to muddy boots. Hard to find fault with this place.
alan_From_SAWW - 18 Jul 2012 09:26
Stopped here halfway through a walk. Excellent beer and atmosphere. The food looked like fairly basic pub grub, but good value (we didn't eat on this occasion).
PaulGreen77 - 5 Aug 2011 22:30
Started our Shropshire tour here last Saturday. The pub has a nice rural setting on a bend in a country road. Inside is a low ceilinged bar with beams and a large fireplace. No music or TV helps to keep the atmosphere pleasant. Most people were ordering food. We were there for the drink - Six Bells Brew 101, Three Tuns XXX and Hobsons Best. Cider is Olde English which is rarely seen these days. There are various pictures on the walls including hunts to the side of the bar and guardsmen in one corner. This was a fairly decent start to our day.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Nov 2010 19:57
Very picturesque pub and location. Has a GBG 2010 entry. 4 real ales on: the Salopian Hop Twister was very nice, as it usually is. Otherwise Bass, Hobsons and Wye Valley ales.

My main gripe is that, on a Sunday afternoon, the WHOLE pub is for diners. You really can't just pop in for a pint or two, though if you do persist you have to squat up against the bar, constantly interrupted by people ordering and paying for food. I guess at other times of the week this pub is better for non-diners, but avoid at busy times if you're not eating. (And if you are planning to eat: book a table well ahead. It'a a popular place, especially when the weather's nice.) Outdoor area for when the weather's a bit warmer.

So only a 7/10 from me, due to its dining dominance. Still, the staff were generally friendly, if always busy serving the diners.
dpaajones - 15 Feb 2010 11:28
Popped in for lunch the day before Xmas Eve just gone, taking a detour off the A49 on our way south to the family. Lovely country pub in a picture-perfect English village. My pint of Hobson's was top notch (never had this beer before) and served in a barreled jug - a major plus in my book. Lunch was good too. An ancient building, with little of immediate curiosity internally, short of a splendid inglenook with roaring fire on the go. Seems to be very much at the hub of the community if the flyers were anything to go by - rather incongruously, over the festive season a number of karaoke sessions were on. I imagine they are rather more along the sing-a-long lines.

The pub specialises in Fidget Pie - a Shropshire speciality pie of gammon, cooked apples, potatoes and onions. The recipe is handed down from landlord to landlord. Quite why then, they have to advertise it as 'Shropshire speciality, as eaten by Prince Edward 20 years ago', is beyond me.

All in all, a really good spot
barlick - 6 Jan 2010 13:29
Terrific country pub. Food was cut above your usual fare and the location is pretty much unbeatable. Will recommend and return.
Alehound - 19 Apr 2009 11:36
I was taken here on my 51st birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Good range of ales and good, reasonably priced food. The mixed grill was superb. Full of characters, like the local 'lord of the manor' with no money, trying to cash a cheque from anyone at the bar.
HornchurchJohn - 11 Sep 2008 11:29
good beer plased to see that they are in the Good Beer guide at long last, very well deserved. Good home cooked food and good value for money
Graewolf - 29 Jul 2008 13:33
It was nice to visit a traditional country pub with bags of character and unpretentious homecooked food. We were spoilt for choice with both the menu and the beer selection.
Graewolf - 17 Jul 2008 23:10
Used this pub many times when walking in the area. Good selection of beers and always a good atmosphere. The eating experience however was not so good this time, food was over cooked and served on plates that felt like they had been in a furnace for an hour by staff who couldn't recommend a dish.
Linwolf - 2 Jun 2008 09:22
Excellent pub - great beers and really good honest food thats very reasonablby priced. Landlord was born to be a Landlord too. Only down side when I went was a girl in her late twenties picking here feet vigorously next to the inglenook fire place...quite off putting.
Therealdickie - 18 Feb 2008 17:35
Great oldy worldly pub.pictouresque setting,1st class real ales,and excellent food.try the lasagne WOW.Paid 2 visits now and can only carry on praising,a a must,well worth the drive this of beaten track village,A49 just outside shrewsbury near leebotwood.
westhead - 7 Feb 2007 18:56
Great pub.Good beer. Good Food. Good atmosphere.
Choice of 4 good ales, Speckled Hen, Hobsons Best Bitter, Wye Valley Butty Bach, and Woods Shropshire Lad. All excellent
GypsyGB - 23 Aug 2006 23:29
A fantastic 15th century pub in the Shropshire countryside. 3 beers on tap, 2 from Hobson's brewery and Six Bells Duck & Dive. A good place to while away any afternoon. Food available.
Johnny P - 16 Dec 2003 22:33

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