The current building, the site of an inn in medieval times, is packed with character and original features including a section of old town wall, leaded light windows, low ceilings, slate floors, wood beams, plus modern country art. You’ll see soldiers’ names scratched into an old beam – the 15th Hussars, stationed here in 1817 to quell disquiet, were at Waterloo two years previously. Charles II visited in 1660 and his coat of arms is on a wall outside. As well as the bar and separate, cosy restaurant with chunky wooden tables, there are 11 guest rooms with four-poster beds, neutral tones and subtle country patterns.
Jan 22, 2020