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96849 1

The Carpenters Arms

Good food and local ale in peaceful hamlet

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Wheelchair access
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

Well placed for visiting Bath, Bristol and Wells or, by the same token, if you’re already in one of these cathedral cities, then this quiet hamlet is close enough to consider making for. A low-slung, stone-built, pantile-roofed free house overlooking the Chew Valley, it was converted from a row of miners’ cottages, dating from when the Somerset coalfield was in production. Beyond the flower-hung porch, the rustic bar displays low beams, old pews, squashy sofas, and precision-cut logs stacked neatly in the large fireplace. An appealing music-free place, it’s where a pint of local Butcombe Bitter, Cornish Doom Bar or a guest ale will always go down well, whether inside or on the attractively landscaped patio. The menus change regularly to make the best of West Country-sourced produce. You might start with a duck and orange pâté with toast and a plum and apple chutney; or goats cheese with thyme, honeyed figs, beetroot, balsamic glaze and foccacia croute. For a main course, try baked local trout with parmesan and thyme gnocchi, red onion and wild mushroom sauce or go for the vegetable linguini, bursting with roasted red pepper, butternut squash, courgettes and rocket. Sunday, of course, means a choice of roasts, but fish and vegetarian dishes are there for the asking too. Among the home-made desserts are treacle tart and clotted cream; and white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. Not an overlong wine list, but a good range. If you have your walking boots, nearby Chew Valley Lake is an established wildlife haven.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-9
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Thursday 6-9.30, Friday to Saturday 6-10, Sunday 12-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Butcombe Bitter, Sharp's Doom Bar and Cornish Coaster

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Accessibility

  • Ramp or lift access available
  • Accessible toilets

Getting here

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

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