Standing as a gatekeeper for the picturesque village of Filkins, The Five Alls was opened by Lana and Sebastian Snow in 2012. These two (former owners of The Swan in Southrop, and current owners of The Plough and The Bull) have perfected the art of the gastropub, which might account for The Five Alls’s glitzy clientele, including Kate Moss, David Cameron and artist Jake Chapman (also an investor).
Lana Snow and her sister-in-law, interior designer Miranda Snow, have decorated it in a rakish country pub style, replete with pine furniture, exposed beams, slate floors and graceful rugs. A large (often crowded) bar leads into delightfully ‘hygge’ Alpine sitting-room, with an open log fire, squidgy sofas and a stand selling infused olive oil and homemade fudge.
The expansive interior includes two dining rooms: one country-casual, the other more formal, with chandeliers, oriental rugs and quirky postage stamp wallpaper. The food is tasty pub grub with a twist: tuna sashimi might be followed by game pie and finished with traditional apple, blackberry and almond crumble.
The four bedrooms are attractively decorated, with pretty details in the furnishings, though not as colourful as downstairs. Space has been ingeniously maximised by doing away with bulky wardrobes and replacing them with rows of pretty hooks.