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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
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The tower of Wells Cathedral protrudes above the rooftops a short distance away from this attractive, three-storey, blue-shuttered pub with pretty window boxes. The interior is appealing, too, with a large open fire in the big, comfortable bar, interesting bric-à-brac, discreet music and board games. Owner Tessa Hennessey, who once had her own restaurant in South Africa, is one of the two chefs, the other being the Fountain's long-serving Julie Pearce. Together they maintain a winning repertoire of high quality, home-cooked food, among which are crispy squid with garlic mayo; chicken and butternut Madras curry with coconut rice; grilled salmon with seasonal stir-fry vegetables; and filo parcel with feta, sun-blushed tomatoes, olives and pine nuts. Some of these you’ll also find at lunchtime, alongside savoury crêpes, and home-made lasagne. A meal could finish with pear tarte Tatin, or home-made cranberry and almond Bakewell tart. Off-street parking is available opposite the inn.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26-Dec
  • Days closed: Mon L
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-10.30 (Fri 12-3 6-11 Sat 12.30-3.30 6-11 Sun 12-3.30 7-10)
  • Lunch opening: Tue-Fri 12-2, Sat-Sun 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Sat 6-9, Sun 7-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Butcombe Bitter, Sharp's Atlantic, Bath Ales Gem, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thatchers, Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Getting here

In city centre, at A371 & B3139 junct. Follow signs for The Horringtons. Inn on junct of Tor St & Saint Thomas St

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