This picturesque 16th-century pub occupies a pretty spot in the village of Leigh. Inside, the exposed ceiling beams and inglenook fireplace give the venue a homely feel – as do the friendly staff, who ensure that all who visit are greeted as old friends. Our visit began by the inviting bar, where we perused the selection of beer on tap, varied wine list and craft gin. After making our choices, we moved to the dining room, where linen tablecloths and attractive place settings added a sense of occasion. From the eclectic menu I fancied several of the appealing starters, but eventually plumped for lollipop prawns with lemon and chilli jelly, paired with fresh salad. Meanwhile, my companion relished his deep-fried Camembert. To follow, my traditional liver and bacon came with fresh vegetables, creamy mash, piquant red cabbage and lovely gravy. Swordfi sh was my friend’s choice, and he was very complimentary of the dish. The dessert menu features both rich and lighter choices. From the tempting range I enjoyed a couple of scoops of locally sourced honey and ginger ice cream, while my companion eagerly tucked into his cheeseboard. There’s also a great range of specials, and vegetarians are well catered for. The kitchen team is evidently enthusiastic about utilising fresh ingredients, as every course was flavoursome and also beautifully presented. We left feeling well fed and eager to return.