There's a similar story when it comes to the menu: it doesn't get more rustic than Steak and ale pie, but what about Smoked salmon, mackerel and halibut with a confit of lemons, steamed potatoes, pickled onion salad and horseradish cream? It's the sort of refinement you'd expect from the Michelin star winner and Midlands culinary hero Andy Waters, who moved from Edmunds - the Birmingham city-centre fine dining restaurant - to take over the kitchens here in the spring of 2012.
The Birmingham Mail described the food as "serious cooking by a top-notch craftsman" while Eat The Midlands singled out the Sunday lunch and "an angelically light Yorkshire pudding" for particular praise.
Long term fans of Waters may recognise signature dishes updated from the original Edmunds in Henley-on-Arden, such as Tian of crab with prawns, peas shoots, peas and turmeric cream, but the lengthy a la carte won't just please discerning foodies.
With everything from a cheffy tasting of pork that includes belly, pastry and black pudding served with a confit of cabbage, apple purée and crackling to an inventive and playful gammon with smoked bacon, chilli pineapple and fried egg, there's something for everyone. And in a 'rustic' village pub, that's just how it should be.