Top 5 North Somerset country pubs

PUBLISHED: 18:47 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:59 07 April 2015

Our Top 5 North Somerset country pubs.

Our Top 5 North Somerset country pubs.

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Want to know where to go for an ice-cold beer, a good pub lunch or the best beer garden? The beautiful countryside of North Somerset offers plenty of gorgeous country pubs to quench your thirst at. Reporter Grace Earl picks five favourite local pubs.

Our willing volunteer Lewis at The Old Barn, Wraxall.Our willing volunteer Lewis at The Old Barn, Wraxall.

1. The Old Barn, Bristol Road, Wraxall:

‘The Barn’, as it is known to locals, is a real gem. This quirky pub, with masses of outdoor space, is an old farm conversion which hasn’t lost any of its rural charm.

The inside is complete with roaring fires and plush armchairs, but The Barn really comes into its own during summer, when guests can lounge on its soft outdoor sofas under canopies (and let’s not forget the secret garden!). You can even bring your own food to grill on one of their barbeque pits.

2. The Priory, Station Road, Portbury:

The Priory, Portbury.The Priory, Portbury.

Situated in the gorgeous village of Portbury, The Priory boasts a huge, traditional interior, with wooden beams and huge dark tiles throughout. It’s also hard to argue against spending a lazy summer afternoon in its spacious rear beer garden.

However, The Priory’s incredible menu is what really makes it stand out. Its wide range of dishes are excellently cooked, and the portions are enormous – make sure you come here with an empty stomach, and an elasticated waistband.

3. The Black Horse, Clevedon Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano

The Black Horse is a true locals’ pub. It has been in Clapton-in-Gordano since the 14th century, and is popular all year round. The inside area is complete with a huge, ornate open fireplace, and the atmosphere is equally warm and welcoming.

The Black Horse, Clapton-in-Gordano.The Black Horse, Clapton-in-Gordano.

Parking can be a challenge at The Black Horse – the car park is accessible by driving through a section of the beer garden – but it is well worth the effort. Popular with farmers, walkers and riders alike, it even has space to tie up your horse outside.

4. The Jubilee Inn, Main Road, Flax Bourton:

Although located on the busy A370, the Jubilee Inn offers spectacular views of the stunning countryside surrounding Flax Bourton, with a spacious rear garden and children’s play area.

Although more of a gastropub, the Jubilee warrants a mention because of its picturesque setting, friendly service and excellent selection of drinks – its own Jubilee Ale goes down a treat. Its choice of food is second to none, and the pub’s twice-cooked chips are phenomenal.

Ham, cheddar and mustard pickle in a sour dough baguette: £5.95 at The Jubilee Inn, Flax Bourton.Ham, cheddar and mustard pickle in a sour dough baguette: £5.95 at The Jubilee Inn, Flax Bourton.

5. The Prince’s Motto, Barrow Street, Barrow Gurney:

Situated in close proximity to Bristol Airport, the Prince’s Motto is small and rustic, with an intimate feel. The staff are incredibly friendly, and the pub offers a wide selection of cask ales and fresh home-cooked meals.

This charming village inn is well worth a visit in summer, as its multi-levelled beer garden provides the perfect place to enjoy a pint or two. And keep your eyes peeled for the funny signs and anecdotes dotted around the main bar – the “Beware of Bull” plaque was a personal favourite of ours…


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