Whitewashed walls echo the chalk horse that gave its name to this very handsome village inn. Inside all is as neat as a new pin. Lovingly polished parquet glows beneath scrubbed wooden tables, while padded bar stools and assorted chairs – some antique and carved – are well spaced around the reclaimed oak bar, a beautiful piece of recycling. Having been a grocer’s shop, a bakery and an inn during its long life the pub now focuses on what it does best: providing great food and drink to villagers and visitors. Eat by the sturdy wood-burner in the bar or in the elegant terracotta dining area with its beams and mullioned windows. Lunches are relaxed affairs of sandwiches and pub classics. Dinner lists pork and game from the pub’s own farm in season – and children are well looked after. In the old stable lie eight simple but comfortable rooms, with pine furniture and pretty fabrics. Many have views to paddocks, sheep and geese, all are blissfully peaceful at night. A super pub from start to finish – very friendly, too.