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After hearing how good the Boot Inn at Shipton Bellinger was, we decided to give it a try. It’s well signposted from the main road, going through a housing estate. There is a large car park, which could do with a bit of tarmac in the holes. There are outside seating tables to the front, and more to the rear on the decking (slippery when wet). The pub inside seemed quite dark, but very clean.

We were greeted straight away by a very helpful barmaid, who explained the specials that day, and we could sit anywhere we liked. I ordered the Chicken Supreme at £11.95. This turned out to be a massive moist chicken breast, covered with bacon, loads of melted cheese and BBQ sauce, served with chips and salad. The salad is not your usual token piece of lettuce etc, but was absolutely gorgeous: a large selection of different leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, onion, with a delicious dressing.

My guest ordered the home-made steak and ale pie at £11.50. The beef was soft and tender, in a rich thick gravy, with a light puff pastry topping. This was served with chips and carrot, cauliflower and beans. The veg was nicely cooked, and the chips for both dishes were crispy outside, and fluffy inside.

The Guinness was good too!

Overall, I agree that the Boot Inn at Shipton does excellent food, and well worth the price, along with friendly service.

We would definitely visit again and give it a gold star.

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