To build up our appetites, we took a short walk to view the three hills themselves. These are huge steep-sided Romano-British burial mounds - there's apparently another one on the other side of the old railway line as well. Wooden stair ascend the tallest mound from which there are splendid views.

On to the pub then. Formerly a Greene King house, it's been owned by the small Rhubarb Inns chain for a few years (hence the pot of rhubarb near the front door). The building dates mostly from the 17th century though the inside is now much altered. The bar area is long and narrow with the usual country inn accountrements of beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplace and flagstone floors - all very charming. There's also a separate restaurant to which we were shown.

The real ale selection was Greene King IPA, Adnams Broadside and Woodforde's Wherry and the last two were in good nick.

We both started out on Salmon Goujons with Lime and Coriander. These were basically superior fish fingers, liberally stuffed with tasty salmon in a lightly spiced batter. Jane continued the fishy theme with Sea Bass, Cod, Lime and Ginger Fishcakes with chips and peas. The fishcakes were several cuts above the bland offerings from the average chippy though Jane would have liked a sauce of some description to offset what was a rather dry dish. I had Sweet Chilli Chicken with Rice and Spring Roll. The sauce had the lurid red colouring and gloopy consistency associated with Chinese takeaways - fortunately it tasted better than it looked. This was hardly the most sophisticated of dishes but then I didn't really expect it to be and had no problems polishing it off. For desserts, Jane had the curiously-titled Caramel and Chocolate Mountain (just a gateau) while I plumped for Lemon Meringue Pie. Both had a "bought in" look to them - perfectly acceptable though.

A good meal then, and certainly great value for a tenner, though lacking any wow element. The A La Carte menu is extensive with lots of "pub favourites" plus a selection of curries and a strong range of veggie dishes. Prices for main courses are mostly between £8 and £10. Definitely worth considering if you're down in that neck of the woods.