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Traditional country inn with excellent views

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
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 30 years, during which time he has established a great reputation for good home-made food, real ales – typically Butcombe and Otter and weekly changing local guest ale – and a well-stocked wine cellar. On 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: all week 12–9.45
  • Dinner: all week 12–9.45

Price guide

  • Main course from10
  • Credit cards accepted


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


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


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • 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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