Thanks to the rustic tables, chandeliers and charming old beams, it’s easy to see the history etched on this spacious pub in the village of Sulhamstead. Once a bustling coaching inn, it’s capable of seating 140 over the two floors inside and nearly as many outside, framed by fields and the local cricket pitch. We dined like kings on a combination of mussels, calamari and prawns, before sampling a delightful medley of fish. The cod croquettes were particularly gorgeous, fresh and full of flavour in a light, tasty batter. My friend enjoyed a steak and ale pie made with delicious short rib. A creamy honeycomb cheesecake proved the perfect way to end the meal. The Sunday lunch menu looked a particular treat, with our waiter informing us that it’s gathered a loyal following. I’m not surprised; food of this standard always inspires loyalty.