Formerly the Radcliffe Arms, the Rickety Press has moved away from its dingy, gloomy predecessor by the simple strategy of installing more windows and giving the place a good makeover. And voila! A light, airy, pleasant place to pass the afternoon. Sure, it's headed towards gastro territory, yet it stops short of going the full distance, and keeps its prices reasonable. Plus the food and beers are delicious.
It is early days though. The toilets are immaculate, but with a faint whiff of paint. The service still has some small wrinkles to iron out, although they are very good about any mistakes. And it is a committed Arkell's pub - 4 ales from the one brewery and no guests. It apparently gets busy of an evening, but on the Sunday afternoon we were there it was sparsely populated by locals and yummy mummies. The upside to that is they put out the spare roast potatoes for a free for all once the kitchen has closed.
This is a solid 3-pinter, but has 4 pints in its sights. Give it a bit longer to settle in. In the meantime, a good addition to an area that isn't short of choices for refreshment.