Stone-built 17th century pub which has the site of the old village blacksmiths to the rear. The poet John Clare worked in the pub as a pot boy over 200 years ago and lived next door where there is now a dedicated museum. An extension has added a further dining area to the pub's existing two bar and snug areas. Four handpumps, with two changing guest ales. One regular house beer : Village Poet (3.4%) brewed by Marstons brewery. This popular, quiet pub is very welcoming. Reopened in June 2014 after a refurbishment which saw the bar counter area being more open, a roof being put over the former glass conservatory restaurant and the pub being redecorated. There are plans for five guest rooms. Children welcome until 7pm.