In these days of "theme" pubs, and alcopops, and yoof-orientated rubbish, and,
worse still, pretentious gastro-pubs full of Home Counties braying and expense-account Londoners
with no concept of what life, money or people are really about, it is an unusual pleasure to find a real, traditional English pub,
serving real ale to real people, and little else, other than intensely Good Humour.
Put simply, that is the reality of The
These pages are a tribute to the people who keep the tradition alive: owners, proprietors and customers.
Long may they prosper.
The pub probably takes its name from a small carving to be found on the outside post of the adjoining house. The carving, beautifully done but difficult to photograph, is said to represent St Michael. It is, with no facetiousness intended, an historical masterpiece. Everyone assumes that originally, the pub and the house next door were a single, hall-house, building.
This is an unofficial site, dedicated to and maintained by enthusiasts for this
fine example of an English village pub.
Although the pages had the blessing of the former licensees,
Mo Frost, Jan and Dave Taylor and Peter and Marilyn Thorogood, and the present incumbents, Kevin and Paula,
know about them too, they are maintained totally independently of them, and they can take no responsibility for its contents.