Pubs & Inns Near The Chew Valley
After spending the day exploring the breathtaking scenery of the Chew Valley, stop by one of our pubs in Somerset and enjoy a pint of our refreshing, award-winning Butcombe beer, or enjoy a delicious, classic pub meal.
The Rising Sun
Located in historic Backwell on the outskirts of Bristol and a short drive from Weston-super-Mare, The Rising Sun is a beautiful pub and inn, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re passionate about great food and drink, with an all-day food offer focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce and hearty pub classics. Behind the bar you’ll find plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer and cider, and a wide range of wine and cocktails. A haven for families, walkers, cyclists and locals alike, The Rising Sun offers a huge beer garden with children’s play area, and large carpark – the perfect place to stop after a day in the Chew Valley.
The Swan Inn
Nestled on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the ex-mining village of Rowberrow, you’ll find the 17th century Swan Inn. Sample the selection of award-winning Butcombe beers and indulge in delicious, hearty pub classics from the locally-sourced menu that is full of modern twists. After spending your day in the Chew Valley, soak up the sun in the large beer garden with a refreshing pint and a classic pub meal, or cosy up by the open fire indoors with your four-legged friend by your side.
The Bower Inn
If you’re after a swift pint after exploring the Chew Valley, or you’re looking for a hearty meal in Bridgwater, pop into the characterful 18th century Bower Inn. Behind the bar, it’s all about Butcombe beer, local cider, and an array of superb wines and spirits – perfectly paired with head chef Alan’s award-winning sausage rolls!
The George Inn
Take a break from exploring the picturesque areas of the Chew Valley for an award-winning pint at the historic George Inn in Norton St. Philip. In the Grade II-listed inn, dating back to 1397, you’ll find stretching wooden beams, stone-clad walls, and a cosy atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the South West. Treat yourself to your favourite pub meal from the menu, including classics like fish and chips, pie and mash, and one of the best roast dinners in the region.
The Lamb Inn
For a refreshing pint, quick bite, or a more substantial pub meal, visit The Lamb Inn. When you’re exhausted after exploring everything that the Chew Valley has to offer, The Lamb Inn is the perfect place to take a break. Indulge with a hand-pulled Butcombe beer, tasty bar snack, or your favourite hearty classic dish in a historic converted coaching inn dating back to 1480, unlike anywhere you’ve been before.
The Langford Inn
On the edge of the Mendip Hills AONB and a short drive from the Chew Valley, you’ll find The Langford Inn pub. Stop off for a refreshing, award-winning Butcombe beer, wine, spirit, soft drink, cider, or cocktail. Relax in the 17th century, oak-beamed inn with a pint in hand and your pup at your side, and enjoy the crackle of the roaring open fire.
Located in Chew Magna in the heart of the Chew Valley, you will find The Pelican pub. With a fabulous wine list, an impressive selection of award-winning beers, and a seasonal menu of classic pub dishes, there’s something for everyone – and with both crackling log fires and a beautiful sun-trap garden, you’ll have a great time at The Pelican, come rain or shine.
Ring O’ Bells
The Ring O’ Bells is a traditional country pub in the quaint Somerset village of Compton Martin located in the heart of the Chew Valley. It is surrounded by the spectacular Mendip Hills and close to wonderful attractions like Wells, Wookey Hole Caves and Glastonbury. Stop in for a pint while you’re exploring the Mendips countryside, to catch a secret gig from popular and local musicians (previous gigs include Kylie Minogue, Paul Weller and Coldplay), to watch the latest game on the big screen, or for a bite to eat from a menu full of delicious pub classics.
Blagdon Lake was created when Bristol Water dammed the River Yeo, with construction completed in 1905.
Its primary use is as a reservoir, supplying more than 9 billion litres of water every year. It is also used as a trout fishery, popular with local anglers and those travelling from further afield.
The lake itself covers 440 acres, while the total area is 526 acres. It received designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1971, with many species of animals and birds found here. It is also home to a diverse range of trees, shrubs and flowers.
Chew Valley Lake
Located less than 2 miles from Blagdon Lake is its larger, more impressive neighbour – Chew Valley Lake.
It was opened in 1956 by Queen Elizabeth II and covers some 1,200 acres, providing the majority of the drinking water for the city of Bristol and its surrounding areas.
Particularly during the summer months, Chew Valley Lake is very popular with walkers. While it is possible to walk all of the way around the lake, you cannot do so close to the water’s edge. Instead, we recommend one of the most popular walking trails.
With more than 200 species of birds present, Chew Valley Lake is also a national centre for birdwatching. It is frequented by enthusiasts, all eager to feast their eyes on the native and migratory birds that are here throughout the year.
Stanton Drew Stone Circles
Stanton Drew Stone Circles are a collection of Neolithic monuments that are located near the Somerset village of Stanton Drew.
While Stonehenge might be the most famous stone circle in the world, the Great Circle at Stanton Drew is actually larger than its well-known counterpart. The Great Circle measures 113 metres in diameter, with 27 of the original stones (it is believed that there were a total of 30) still standing.
Two smaller stone circles exist to the north-east and south-west of the Great Circle, while a stone called “Hautville’s Quoit” is a little further to the north.
In addition, there is a cluster of 3 stones known as “The Cove” located in the garden of the local village pub.
Around 12 miles to the south of Stanton Drew and just 5 miles outside the Chew Valley is a collection of earthwork enclosures known as the Priddy Circles. They are located between the village of Priddy and the city of Wells.
There are 4 circles in total, with 3 of them being almost evenly spaced and in a near-straight line. The final circle is positioned slightly further away from the others and not in line with them.
While experts have been unable to accurately date the circles, it is believed that they were created in the Neolithic period. Located less than half a mile from the circles are two round barrow cemeteries, providing further examples of monuments from a similar era.
Maes Knoll is a hill fort which is located to the north of the Chew Valley, around 2 miles from the Stanton Drew Stone Circles. Also known as Maes tump or Maes Knoll tump, it covers 20 acres of land and reaches an elevation of around 45 feet.
Like many of the hill forts in Britain, it is believed Maes Knoll was built around 250BC. A Celtic tribe living in England, known as Dobuni, are responsible for building it, most likely as a form of defence against invasions.
The views from the top of Maes Knoll are far-reaching, with views over Bristol, Bath and the Cotswold Hills to the north and the east, as well as the Chew Valley and the Mendip Hills to the south.
The River Chew rises in Chewton Mendip and meanders its way through the towns and villages of north Somerset, before it meets the River Avon in the market town of Keynsham.
Flowing for 17 miles, it passes through Chew Valley Lake and the villages of Chew Magna and Chew Stoke, before continuing through Pensford, Publow, Woollard, Compton Dando and Chewton Keynsham.
The River Chew is popular with anglers and is rich with many species of coarse fish. Barbel, Perch, Chub, Roach, Rudd and many others frequent the nets of people fishing the various stretches of the river.