Village & Country Pubs in Somerset
The beautiful Somerset countryside is home to a plethora of cosy country pubs, perfect for enjoying a cosy pint beside a roaring fire, or re-fuelling with a hearty lunch after a rural ramble or a hillside trek.
Our collection of Somerset country pubs are some of the finest in the area – all offering delicious food, warm atmospheres and award-winning Butcombe beer on tap.
BEST VILLAGE & COUNTRY 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 twenty 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 SWAN INN IN ROWBERROW
The Swan is a 17th century Grade II-listed pub brimming with history, and a haven for walkers and cyclists exploring the nearby Mendip Hills. With a passion for great food at its core, The Swan serves up mouth-watering pub classics made with local seasonal produce as well as fresh-from-the-oven flatbread pizzas, which guests can enjoy al fresco style in the pub’s large beer garden during the warmer months.
THE LIME KILN INN IN LANGPORT
Boasting awe-inspiring views over the Somerset Levels, The Lime Kiln Inn is a 17th-century country pub and stunning restaurant serving a delicious menu of dishes cooked in the on-site smoker as well as classic pub fare made with gourmet seasonal produce. The pub’s huge beer garden is the perfect spot for al fresco drinking and dining during the summer, but as the nights turn colder, the cosy bar area is an inviting spot for guests to sample the wide selection of craft beer and cask ales on offer.
QUEEN VICTORIA INN IN PRIDDY
A typical country pub perched on the edge of the Mendip Hills, the Queen Victoria Inn dates back to the late 1800’s and retains many of its charming original features, including wonderful flagstone flooring, huge fireplaces and beamed ceilings. With two roaring log burners, real ales and ciders, and locally-sourced, home-cooked food, the Queen Victoria Inn is the ideal place to refuel after a long walk in the surrounding countryside.
THE BEAMBRIDGE INN IN WELLINGTON
Set between the rolling Quantock and Blackdown hills beside the National Cycle Route 3, The Beambridge Inn is a characteristic country pub and a popular spot for cyclists riding the John O’Groates to Land’s End circuit. Beautifully refurbished, the charming inn offers eight modern, stylish rooms for those looking for a rural retreat, as well as a beautiful courtyard garden, a restaurant serving fresh, local food and a delicious Sunday carvery which is hailed as the best in the area.
THE MILL IN RODE
Formally a textile mill, this charming country pub is set on a stunning riverside site, surrounded by beautiful gardens and with a fabulous deck area overlooking the water. The building retains many of its original features, including the historic waterwheel which can be viewed from the newly opened downstairs Water Wheel Bar. Renowned for its great food, the The Mill’s chefs pride themselves on using only the best ingredients, with as many as possible being supplied locally, and its Sunday lunch is legendary amongst locals.
THE OLD STATION INN IN HALLATROW
Nestled equidistant between the cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells, The Old Station Inn has a sealed reputation as one of the very best destination pubs with fine dining the area can boast. A former 1920’s train station hotel, the pub’s restaurant is housed within an old but lovingly-restored Pullman carriage, and the pub itself is decorated with a never-ending array of bric-a-brac, providing an interesting backdrop for sampling the many cask ales they have on offer.
THE PODYMORE INN IN YEOVIL
Situated in the beautiful Somerset countryside, The Podymore Inn is a traditional stone-built public house that has been recently renovated and modernised. Whether you’re stopping by to sample their hand-pulled real ales, enjoy their menu of quality home-cooked food or while away the hours in their huge beer garden, you can be sure a warm and friendly atmosphere awaits you.
THE RODNEY STOKE INN IN RODNEY STOKE
Perched on the edge of the Rodney Stoke National Nature Reserve between the historic city of Wells and popular tourist town Cheddar, The Rodney Stoke Inn serves up delicious home-cooked food using local, seasonal produce and has an excellent selection of real ales on offer. Inside the attractive three storey period building guests will find a main lounge bar decorated with an eclectic mix of tables and sofas, whereas outside is a beautiful beer garden and split level terrace, perfect for enjoying the warmer summer weather.
RING O’ BELLS IN HINTON BLEWETT
An archetypal village green pub with sensational views, the Ring O’ Bells is idyllically located between the Mendip Hills and the beautiful Chew Valley. Enjoy a long, restorative walk in the surrounding countryside before kicking off your muddy boots in the pub’s cosy dining area or spacious beer garden to tuck into one of their famous Sunday lunches.
THE OLD CROWN INN IN KELSTON
Set on the outskirts of the beautiful Cotswold countryside, The Old Crown Inn is a traditional 15th century country inn retaining much of its historic charm with polished flagstone flooring and old wooden beams on show. With three log fires to cosy up next to during the colder months, and a large garden perfect for enjoying summer sunshine, the pub is an ideal retreat after an appetite-inducing ramble come rain or shine.
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.