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. 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.
Closed: 25–26 December
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 11–11 (Sunday 12–10.30)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–9
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9.30, Friday to Saturday 6–10, Sunday 12–9
Food and drink
Restaurant menu available
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
From A37 at Chelwood roundabout take A368 signed Bishop Sutton. Right to Stanton Wick.