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Real ales, short lunchtime menu, families welcome

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Kids play area
Dog friendly

The bars on one of the windows of this attractive, whitewashed inn near Bristol are a reminder that the Black Horse’s Snug Bar was once the village lock-up. Built in the 14th century, the pub features low beams, flagstone floors, wooden settles, and old guns above the big open fireplace. Real ales served straight from the barrel include local Butcombe Bitter and Bath Ales Gem, whilst cider fans will rejoice at the sight of Thatchers Stan's. The small kitchen in this listed building limits its output to traditional pub food served at lunchtimes only (Monday to Saturday). The repertoire includes hot and cold filled baguettes and rolls; home-made soup of the day; daily specials, and classics like sausage and mediterranean vegetable casserole. The large rear garden includes a children's play area, and there's a separate family room.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Family room available
  • Play area available
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

M5 junction 19, A369 to Portishead. At roundabout left onto B3124. At 3rd roundabout left to Clapton-in-Gordano.

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