The Rose and Crown was built in 1733 and is set in the centre of the three-green, pretty light stone village, which owes its original layout to the Saxons and its name to the patron saint of the church. Recently refurbished by owners Thomas and Cheryl Robinson, this place has gone from strength to strength. The ‘Crown Bar’ is comfortingly traditional: real ales, natural stone walls, log fire, old photographs, copper and brass knick-knacks – excellent pub food is served here. More traditional three-course dinners, English but imaginatively so, are served in the oak panelled dining room – we recommend their surf & turf of pork belly and queenie scallops. When in season, the menu often features local and organic produce, including fresh fish from the East Coast and locally grown vegetables. Fresh bread is baked every day, and the staff in the dining room are local, friendly and prone to stop and chat with guests at their tables.
There are seven comfortable bedrooms, attractively decorated and furnished with antiques and country-style fabrics, in the main building. Five more have been added round the courtyard at the back, and open directly onto it. The Monk’s Cottage is also now open to provide two extra bedrooms. It overlooks the Saxon church next to the inn, and has an honesty bar and a boot room – perfect for walkers. Our recent reporter liked this homely touch: if you are not a fan of fiddly milk cartons for your tea, you can ring down to reception for fresh milk to be brought up.