Mon-Sat 12-3, 6-11; 12-11 Fri/Sat; Sun 12-10.30
A genuine free house in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside. A pub since 1290 they say it is the oldest pub in the area.
The pub has lots of traditional nooks and crannies and walk throughs. There are lots of bits and bobs on the walls and ceilings and they say they have the chain mail from the old lord of the manor.
The single bar has a low overhang and works hard to serve the whole pub which can get busy at weekends. There is a large car park and this is to serve the busy clientèle which includes walkers.
While it can get busy, the owner works hands on to keep the throughput moving smoothly. There are 4/5 beers on at any one time and they are served well and are tasty.
If you are tall watch out for your head as the roof is low in places. This is also good for those secret liaisons as you can go to places where it is difficult to be seen.
They do food here at both lunch and evenings. The food is interesting and very well cooked. They also do more traditional food and the portions are a good size. On Sunday they do a three/four course meal for a set fee which is very good. Service is good and attentive.
There is a real fire for winter which surprisingly warms the whole pub. If you want to camp here you need to ask the landlord. Well worth seeking out for food and beer.
The chain mail has been removed as it's in need of renovation.
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Greene King IPA
Hook Norton Best Bitter
5 Black Horse Hill
Appleby Magna, Swadlincote
Derbyshire, DE12 7AQ.
From: D£25-30pp, S:£25-28