The Daneway Inn, near Sapperton

PUBLISHED: 12:56 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:35 20 February 2013

Adam Edwards visits this classic country pub hidden away between Cirencester and Stroud

The egg and bacon roll is the unsung gastronomic delicacy in the pub grub canon and The Daneway, an unreconstructed country pub well hidden in a valley between Cirencester and Stroud, is the master of this classic.

The whitewashed stone building standing at the western end of the Sapperton tunnel on the Thames and Severn canal contains a fine plain public bar and a lounge bar that evokes post-war Britain. It was originally three cottages constructed in the late 18th century for canal workers building the Sapperton tunnel. When the tunnel was finished the cottages were converted into a pub, appropriately called the Bricklayers Arms. In the 1950s it was taken over by a wealthy Stroud bookmaker who had a racehorse called Daneway and when the nag successfully romped home he had the sign repainted in its honour. Much of the pub is still reminiscent of this West Country turf accountant including a floor-to-ceiling carved wooden fireplace that he bagged from a local manor house.

However, it was in the beer garden that slopes down to the overgrown canal bank where I sat on a sunny winters day with my roll and excellent pint of Wadworth 6X (famously the best in the area). And as I tucked into this working mans brunch I fell into conversation with an elderly couple who it turned out were the local nobility (no names, no pack drill). They were lunching at the Daneway because they claimed `it was cooks day off. A likely story. They just couldnt resist the scrumptious egg and bacon butty.

Daneway Inn, Daneway, Sapperton, Glos Tel: 01285 760297

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