The town's most atmospheric and evocative pub, the Church Inn, Church Street, Buttercross (tel. 01584/872174;, is everybody's favorite source for beer, gossip, and good cheer. Beer, mead, and wine have flowed here since at least 1446, and according to some historians, even earlier. Meals are served daily from noon to 3:30pm and 6:30 to 9pm. Whether you eat informally in the bar or head for the more formal restaurant, the food and prices are exactly the same: Main courses range from £7 to £15. Cuisine is straightforward, British, and rib-sticking, with traditional pub grub such as steak-and-kidney pie, fried prawns, and omelets. The owners proudly proclaim that they only use fresh local produce. The bar is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm, and Sunday noon to 10:30pm.

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