A rustic design complete with exposed beams, wooden floors and stone walls, The Lamb Inn is a place of warmth and welcome - quite literally in the colder months, when a log fire burns comfortingly in the dining room. It has been run by Matt Weedon and his wife, Rachel, since 2014 and the couple have worked hard to create a friendly, country pub where all are welcome (including canine companions). In the midst of prime walking country, visitors can enjoy a light 'Walkers' lunch' of soup and a sandwich or, for those who have worked up more of an appetite, firm pub favourites such as Oxford and Sandy Black pork loin chop or Chargrilled sirloin of rare breed beef are an ever popular choice.
The Lamb Inn’s menu comes with a wealth of detail about its suppliers and clearly takes pride in its carefully sourced produce - cheese comes from Southdown Farm, while much of the menu's meat is sourced from Butt’s farm, a local farm raising rare breed animals with a strong commitment to welfare.
The attention paid to finding the best of British produce transports the dishes far above the average pub fare. The lunch menu is filled with classic sandwiches, including a fish finger version with the fish caught that day, and an egg mayonnaise sandwich with Cackleberry Farm’s Arlington White eggs - from a local rare-breed egg farm known for their colourful yolks. A summer favourite of Matt Weedon’s is the Coln Valley smoked salmon and trout, complete with Cornish crab, guacamole, ginger beer jelly and lime dressing. The trout is freshly sourced from the nearby River Windrush, which is in walking distance of The Lamb Inn. When it is in season, game is a key feature of the menu, expect the likes of Hare Wellington or game casserole with bacon, braised onions and red cabbage. A hearty pub meal would not be complete without a good pudding and The Lamb Inn does not disappoint, with Bread and butter pudding and Hot banoffee soufflé being just two of the enticing desserts on offer.
The pub still maintains a traditional feel, offering a range of real ales supplied by the Wychwood Brewery and the Ringwood Brewery. Impressive but unpretentious, The Lamb Inn remains popular with locals and visitors alike.