Best Village Pubs In Somerset
Both a social scene for locals and delicious pit stop for visitors – there’s nothing quite like a good old village pub!
We’ve rounded up eleven boozers which are the heart and soul of the beautiful Somerset villages and small towns they call home – each has its own individuality, but all offer a warm welcome, cracking atmosphere and delicious award-winning Butcombe beer on tap!
The Bower Inn in Bridgwater
The Bower is an 18th century pub with rooms situated on the edge of the scenic Somerset Levels. With a delectable menu of seasonal dishes, an excellent selection of ales, craft beers and ciders and a stunning garden made for al fresco drinking and dining, The Bower is popular amongst its locals and one-off visitors alike.
The Bowl Inn in Almondsbury
The Bowl Inn is a traditional pub and inn tucked away in the quaint village of Almondsbury. Expect thick stone walls, rustic beams and open fires ready to roar in winter, sunny patios for the warmer months, and a menu full of stunning seasonal dishes and hearty pub classics, ready to be washed down with a selection of real ale and fine wines.
The Lamb Inn in Axbridge
Located in the heart of historic Axbridge, The Lamb is a traditional coaching inn dating back to 1480. Inside, the pub boasts a charming and cosy atmosphere, with traditional beams, open fireplaces and original features, and outside you’ll find a magical rear beer garden and front terrace which are perfect for enjoying tasty pub classics and hearty seasonal dishes al fresco style.
The Pelican in Chew Magna
The Pelly, as it’s fondly referred to by locals, is set in the picturesque village of Chew Magna, surrounded by beautiful Somerset countryside. With top-notch food, a fabulous wine list and a tasty selection of beers, there’s something to tickle all taste buds, and with both cosy log fires and a sun-trap garden, you’ll have a great time come rain or shine.
Ring O’ Bells in Compton Martin
The legendary Ring O’ Bells can be found in the pretty Somerset village of Compton Martin. Well-known for its music connections (Kylie, Paul Weller and Coldplay have all played secret gigs there!), this not-so-typical village pub will guarantee your thirst is quenched, your stomach is full, and that you’ll leave with a smile on your face.
Queens Arms in Bleadon
The Queens Arms is a traditional inn dating back to the 16th century, nestled in the heart of Bleadon, a village on the Mendip Hills. With its close proximity to the famous Mendip Way footpath and a tasty menu of home-cooked food, it’s the ideal lunch stop for visiting hikers in the area, but its excellent choice of ales and ciders and warm atmosphere pervading through each of its three individual bars make this pub a firm favourite amongst locals too.
The Coach House in Locking Village
The Coach House is a family-run pub, situated in a quaint village of Locking near the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare. With community at its heart, the pub supports active pool, darts and skittles teams, and its cracking beer garden, fresh home-cooked food and an excellent Sunday roast cement its reputation as one of the best places to relax, eat and enjoy yourself in the area.
Charlton Inn in Shepton Mallet
Located in the heart of Shepton Mallet, The Charlton Inn is popular for its refreshing no-nonsense approach, with the pub opting not to serve food or play music so its customers can chat away without distraction. It prides itself on its excellent beer offering, and with an extensive beer garden, warm atmosphere and friendly locals, it encompasses everything that’s great about the classic village pub.
Fox & Hounds in Charlton Adam
Set in the heart of Somerset countryside, The Fox and Hounds can only be described as the quintessential village inn. A great selection of beers and Cask Marque-awarded ales are available and the tasty food menu will satisfy everyone’s cravings. With a beautiful beer garden, conservatory, skittle alley and function room, The Fox and Hounds has everything.
Cross Keys in Rode
Situated on the old Fussell’s Brewery Site in the heart of Rode, this old 17th century country inn has a well-earned reputation for serving great real ales. Committed to serving the best local produce via a changing seasonal menu, the team at Cross Keys create new dishes on a weekly basis, but their popular pub classics remain a permanent fixture. The atmosphere is warm, with visitors made to feel welcome by the locals that frequent the boozer.
The Carpenters Arms in Chilthorne Domer
A quintessential village pub serving straight-forward, honest food and refreshing hand-pulled real ale, The Carpenters Arms has been sympathetically restored, combining traditional features with vibrant contemporary furnishings. During winter, the cosy bar and welcoming restaurant have an irresistible charm, while in the summer guests can take advantage of the gorgeous patio beer garden. Surrounded by striking Somerset countryside, this inviting spot is the ideal place for a bite to eat after exploring the area.