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The Wain­wrights is scarcely less im­pres­sive than the Brit. Con­trary to what you might think, the Wain­wrights’ name isn’t a cash-in on Al­fred; it’s been called that for a long time. It was pre­vi­ously the house of the gun­pow­der fac­tory owner, and now it’s the pet pub of the ad­join­ing, and highly lux­u­ri­ous, Lang­dale Ho­tel. But the inn keeps it­self firmly in a tra­di­tional mode, with flag­stone floors, tim­ber beams and roar­ing fire – and a stun­ning menu, aided by the fact that the ho­tel’s own smoke­house is just out the back. Un­til re­cently it played host to Ord­nance Pav­il­ion, a pe­cu­liar tem­po­rary art in­stal­la­tion that was al­legedly in­spired by the Ord­nance Sur­vey. It was... an ac­quired taste. Un­like the pub’s fan­tas­tic food. The Good Pub Guide says: “En­joy­able, well-priced pubby food from good sand­wiches up; friendly, help­ful ser­vice, roomy bar wel­com­ing walk­ers, slate floor and good log fire.” On the menu: Smoke­house pork ribs, chicken, mush­room and leek pie, bar­be­cue beef brisket, smoke­house ched­dar mac­a­roni. Try the ale: Loweswa­ter Gold. Al­ter­na­tively, try the ‘beer bat’ sam­pler. Dogs wel­come: Yes. Ac­com­mo­da­tion: Yes (ad­join­ing ho­tel). Find out more: 015394 38088, www.lang­­wrights-inn

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