The original footprint of the building dates back to the 15th century. Then, it would have comprised of a single storey hall¯. At a later date, it was converted into three dwellings for farm workers, and then finally designated its current format as a public house around the middle of the 19th century. In 1982, the pub was extensively damaged by fire (the thatch roof caught alight and that was pretty much it), and was shut for restoration. Touch wood, weve been lucky so far in our 10 years here, but we have had a couple of near misses¦
The nearby village of Coombe Florey is well worth a visit, boasting a church, St Peter and St Paulâ€™s, which is made from red rose stone, with some wonderful stained glass windows.
The novelist Evelyn Waugh lived at Coombe Florey house, as did his son Auberon. Auberon is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Pauls, and Evelyn is buried in a private plot just outside. Auberons children grew up in the house, and his widow has only just recently sold the property in 2008.
"Friday evening and the bar was packed, full of local characters which make a country pub just what it is. Staff very attentive and friendly, food delicious. Lovely evening all round, can't recommend enough "A Trip Advisor User