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The Carpenters Arms

STANTON WICK, Nr Pensford, BS39 4BX

Converted from a row of miners' cottages (for there was a colliery at neighbouring Pensford until 1955), this charming stone-built, pantile-roofed free house overlooks the Chew Valley. It's well placed for visiting Bath, Bristol and the smaller cathedral city of Wells, but if you're already in one of these cities, then this quiet hamlet is equally well placed if you fancy pointing the car the other way and heading for somewhere rural. Beyond the flowerhung exterior, in the rustic bar, you'll find low beams, old pews, squashy sofas, and precision-cut logs stacked neatly from floor to ceiling in the large fireplace. It all adds up to an appealing, music-free, chatty atmosphere. For a pint of Butcombe Bitter or Sharp's Doom Bar, the bar is where you need to be, although by all means take it outside to the attractively landscaped patio. The menus are changed regularly to make the best of West Country, seasonal produce, incorporated into a menu that might feature goujons of salmon with salad; fillet of sea bass on crispy vegetable stir-fry; steak and mushroom suet pudding; pan-fried chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham; and vegetable bake with goats' cheese. And then there are the delicious home-made desserts, especially the apple and blackberry flapjack crumble with custard; and the Bakewell tart with clotted cream. The extensive wine list combines New and Old World favourites, with a Chilean pudding wine available by the half bottle. Nearby Chew Valley Lake is an established wildlife haven, where you can walk the Grebe and Bittern nature trails.

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Tel: 01761 490202
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Principal beers

Butcombe Bitter, Sharp's Doom Bar

Open

All day all week
11-11 (Sun 12-10.30)

Closed

25-26 Dec

Facilities

Children welcome.
Coach parties catered.

The Carpenters Arms, Stanton wick

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From A37 at Chelwood rdbt take A368 signed Bishop Sutton. Right to Stanton Wick

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