10 North Somerset pubs recommended by the Good Pub Guide
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Whether you’re looking for a lively Saturday night with entertainment, or a quiet Sunday lunch with the family, we’ve got it covered with 10 of the best North Somerset pubs featured in the Good Pub Guide
High Street, Wrington
The Plough Inn is growing in reputation due to the relaxed country feel, and excellent choice of food and drink on offer. Enjoy a pint of Butcombe Bitter, which is brewed locally in the village, or else sample their extensive wine list. There are real log fires to keep you warm on those winter nights, and there is also plenty of outdoor seating for the summer months, so the Plough Inn can be enjoyed all year-round. During the summer there is also a boules league, played on the pub’s very own boules pitch.
58 Nore Road, Portishead
Probably one of the most unique pubs you’ll ever encounter, this former windmill has been completely restyled into a modern bar with contemporary furnishings. The curving glass frontage overlooks the bays of the Severn Estuary, giving stunning panoramic views - you can even see as far as Wales on a clear day. The Windmill is all about freshly prepared foods, local cask ales, and efficient service. They also offer wines, lagers, and daily food specials which you can enjoy on the lantern-lit terrace. How romantic! There is a family area on the lower floor, and dogs are welcome in the bar.
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Clevedon Road, Failand
A family-run pub that focuses on taking care of its customers, and staff there will do everything possible to make your visit an enjoyable one. The busy restaurant serves traditional home-cooked meals to a high standard. The pub also run a weekly quiz night, which is popular amongst locals. There is also a “curry and a pint” night for £7.95, so what more could you want?
Station Road, Portbury
Classy, yet comfortable. The Priory has been serving food and drink to customers since 1822. It has all the features you would expect from a Somerset country pub – log fire, beer garden, cask ales and fine wines. The pub is located in picturesque setting with both front and back gardens, and footpaths leading off into the surrounding countryside. Inside you’ll find a rustic, yet up-to-date decor, which tastefully reflects the history of the Priory.
Clevedon Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano
Described as a “must go-and-see pub” by one of the Good Pub Guide readers, the Black Horse is unpretentious, yet full of happy customers. The pub is based on traditional values including good ales and ciders, friendly service and simple food (served at lunchtime only). Families are also welcome, and there is a separate family area for children under 14. There is also a kids play area within the beer garden, so children can play happily outdoors in the summer. The Black Horse also hosts weekly entertainment nights with live music and local talents.
1 High Street, Winford
The Prince of Waterloo originated as a 16th Century village pub, and has tried to retain as much of its original character while still offering modern comforts. It specialises in home-cooked British classics, including pies and pasties. There is also a delicious Sunday carvery. The pub hosts regular party nights, celebrations, karaoke evenings and a weekly happy hour on Wednesdays between 5pm and 7pm. Private functions are also accommodated, making the Prince of Waterloo the ideal party destination.
Church Road, Dundry
The traditional decor and relaxed atmosphere of the Dundry Inn make it the ideal place to stop and unwind. Enjoy their selection of cask ales and wines, or sample some food from their excellent home-cooked menu. The enclosed beer garden has excellent views over Bristol and St Michaels Church, and there is also attractive B&B accommodation with en-suite rooms. The pub is located within five miles of Bristol Airport, making the Dundry Inn the ideal place to begin your holiday.
Bristol Road, Wraxall
The Battleaxes is a stone-built Victorian pub offering a good selection of local ales, wines and other drinks. Children and dogs are welcome, and there is also an access ramp for wheelchair users. Food is served daily and uses fresh local produce in a wide ranging menu from Sunday lunch to sharing boards for two. There are also weekly food deals including 50 per cent off main courses on a Monday, and steak night on a Wednesday.
Trendlewood Way, Nailsea
The Old Farmhouse is a traditional 17th Century pub which has been recently refurbished to include an outside play area for the kids, meaning that families are more than welcome. The restaurant also includes a separate children’s menu to ensure your little ones are satisfied. There is a range of culinary delights on offer, including a home-cooked menu with local produce, and a fabulous Sunday carvery with a choice of at least three meats. Cask ales are supplied by Hall and Woodhouse, the family brewers in Blandford, plus the award winning Badger range and a selection or lagers, wines, spirits, and Somerset ciders. Freshly-ground coffee is also available for the designated drivers and non-drinkers.
Park lane, Blagdon
01761 462 475
The New Inn is a classic country pub with a range of real ales, wines and local ciders. The home-cooked menu is updated with daily specials, and you can even try some fresh trout caught from the nearby lake. The beer garden has panoramic views across Blagdon Lake, and also hosts a variety of events. These include summer gigs and winter fireworks displays. According to the website there’s always something going on at the New Inn!
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