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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Garden
Kids play area
Wheelchair access

Dating from 1750, The Earl of Warwick’s former hunting lodge offers far-reaching views across the Cam Valley to the Mendip Hills and the Chew Valley towards Bristol. When the estate was sold in 1872, the building became a tavern serving the growing number of coal miners working in the area, but all the mines closed long ago and the place has been transformed into a popular and attractive inn. Paul Thomas has been running the place for more than 25 years, during which time he has established a great reputation for good home-made food, real ales – typically Butcombe and Otter – and a well-stocked wine cellar. The menu includes chicken liver and chorizo pâté; smoked trout and prawn cocktail; giant pastries called oggies, which might come with a variety of fillings, such as beef steak and Stilton, cauliflower cheese, and not for the faint hearted they say – the Welsh Dragon, casseroled beef with fiery chillies, peppers and tomatoes. Other dishes may include Somerset faggots with caramelised onion gravy; breaded vegetable parcels; and curry of the day. From the specials blackboard there’s a selection of daily delivered, Brixham-landed fish – sea bass fillet, pea and ham risotto; or beer-battered cod being just two options perhaps. Finish with a popular dessert such as sticky toffee pudding; Bakewell tart; or chocolate and honeycomb cheesecake. In summer you can sit out in the landscaped grounds, and if a longer visit is on the cards the inn has very stylish en suite bedrooms.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: all week 12-9.45
  • Dinner opening: all week 12-9.45

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Otter Ale, Butcome, weekly changing guest ales
  • Real ciders: Broadoak, Thatchers

Price guide

  • Main course from: £10
  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

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

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • Play area available

Accessibility

  • Ramp or lift access available
  • Accessible toilets

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

On A37 follow signs for Wells through Pensford, at large roundabout left towards Bath, 100 metres right into country lane, pub 1 mile up hill

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