When the sun’s blazing in the sky, there’s nothing quite like dining outside with your family and friends, and a refreshing pint of proper beer.
Our friendly restaurants outside eating areas in the Mendips are perfect for sunny days, with mouth-watering, locally-sourced classic pub meals and an outstanding range of award-winning Butcombe beers ready for you to try.
Restaurants With Outside Dining in the Mendips
Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced, home-cooked meal at one of our restaurants with outside dining in and around the Mendip Hills, close to popular attractions like Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Chew Valley Lake, and Ebbor Gorge.
The Swan Inn in Rowberrow
A haven for walkers, cyclists and locals alike, The Swan is all about delicious, locally-sourced food – pub classics, flatbread pizza, and tasty bar snacks – with a cosy, welcoming vibe and an impressive selection of award-winning Butcombe beer on the taps. Stop by during your trek across the Mendip Hills, while walking your dog, or after visiting popular Somerset attractions like Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Ashton Gate Stadium and Somerset Speedway. There are also plenty of walks, hikes and cycle routes in The Mendips that begin and end on the pub’s doorstep.
The George Inn in Norton St Philip
If you’re in the mood for a classic British pub meal in an atmospheric, historic setting, you won’t find anywhere like The George Inn in Norton St. Philip. This Grade II-listed inn, close to the Roman city of Bath, dates back to 1397, and is one of Britain’s oldest taverns, serving locally-sourced, modern twists on classic pub food and an array of proper Butcombe beers behind the bar. From decadent baked camembert to classic beer-battered fish and chips, and indulgent roast dinners, you’ll find something you love at The George Inn.
The Lamb Inn in Axbridge
Near the edge of the Mendips, in the quaint town of Axbridge, you’ll find The Lamb Inn – a charming, cosy, 15th century converted coaching inn, complete with traditional beams, open fireplaces, a beautiful beer garden for alfresco dining, and original features from 1480. For a characterful and historic place to enjoy a delicious, home-made, locally-sourced classic pub meal, and an award-winning hand-pulled pint of Butcombe beer, you can’t do much better than The Lamb Inn.
The Langford Inn in Lower Langford
For a true taste of the West Country, you can’t do any better than The Langford Inn pub-restaurant. On the menu, you’ll find a mix of seasonal dishes with hearty pub classics, all made with local Somerset produce in a field-to-fork approach to sustainable dining. Bring your pup along, too – The Langford Inn is dog-friendly, so your pooch will feel right at home!
The Pelican in Chew Magna
In the heart of Chew Magna, on the edge of the Mendip Hills AONB, you’ll find The Pelican gastropub, with an intimate bar, cosy dining area, crackling log fire, and pleasant terraced beer garden for alfresco dining and drinking. Choose from the delicious seasonal menu of classic pub dishes, a range of local Butcombe beers, spirits and cocktails behind the bar, and sample a tasty, wood-fired pizza straight from the oven. If you’re looking for somewhere to host a business meeting, birthday party, wedding reception, or other private function, the beautifully restored Barn is the venue for you.
Ring O’ Bells in Compton Martin
The Ring o’ Bells is a local legend in Compton Martin and throughout Somerset, boasting secret live music gigs from renowned pop artists like Kylie Minogue, Paul Weller, and Coldplay, while retaining its traditional country gastropub vibe, with a beautiful beer garden, kids’ play area, live sport, locally-sourced pub grub and cracking selection of award-winning Butcombe beers and real ales behind the bar. Book a table while you’re exploring the Chew Valley or surrounding Mendip Hills, and enjoy modern twists on hearty pub classics, unlike anything you’ve had before.
Tenanted Places To Eat in the Mendips
Queens Arms in Bleadon
On the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare, right on the edge of the Mendip Hills, you’ll find the Queens Arms restaurant in Bleadon, serving good food and real ales – just what you need to refuel after exploring the Mendips. Dating back to the 16th century, this traditional Mendip cottage-turned-gastropub offers delicious, home-cooked, locally-sourced pub favourites in a cosy, welcoming atmosphere – and some of the best vegetarian sausages in the South West!
Queen Victoria in Priddy
Situated in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Queen Victoria Inn in Priddy is a traditional, 19th century, ivy-covered, stone-clad gastropub, complete with original features, including flagstone flooring, huge fireplaces and beamed ceilings. Kids and dogs are welcome at the Queen Vic, and the menu, chock-full of pub favourites, has something for everyone, with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available for all dietary requirements. Stop in for a bite to eat while exploring the nearby scenery, from Glastonbury Tor to Swildon’s Hole Caves, and, of course, the spectacular Mendips Hills.
Ring O’ Bells in Hinton Blewitt
The Ring o’ Bells restaurant is a welcoming gastropub, takeaway and village shop, home to oak beams, inglenook fireplaces, real ale, and home-cooked, locally-sourced modern twists on pub classics, delicious roast dinners, and five-course menus for special occasions. Nestled between the Mendip Hills and Chew Valley, in the Somerset countryside near Bristol and Wells, the Ring o’ Bells is a haven for families, hikers, dog-walkers, couples, cyclists – everyone’s welcome at the Ring o’ Bells!
The Smoking Dog in Malmesbury
The Smoking Dog restaurant is a delightful 18th-century pub based in the gorgeous town of Malmesbury in the Cotswolds. The pub houses an acclaimed restaurant serving an exciting array of delicious meals created from the freshest locally-sourced ingredients, which can be enjoyed in the pub’s characterful dining area, or beautiful beer garden in the warmer months.
The Coach House in Locking Village
Homemade food, award-winning real ales and ciders, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a warm welcome await you at the family-run Coach House pub-restaurant in Locking Village. Choose your favourite roast on Sundays, grab a quick light bite while exploring the nearby Mendips, or sample the delights of the menu of British pub classics after a seaside trip to Weston-super-Mare.
The Rodney Stoke Inn in Rodney Stoke
Right on the edge of the Mendips, near Cheddar, and overlooking the Rodney Stoke National Nature Reserve, you’ll find The Rodney Stoke Inn. Take a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows inside to gaze out over the beautiful Nature Reserve as you enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal made with local, seasonal produce, perfectly paired with a range of award-winning Butcombe real ales and beers. If you’re celebrating or throwing an event, The Rodney Stoke Inn has plenty of space to accommodate you and your party, even your four-legged friends. Bring the whole family for a meal, with a lovely beer garden, children’s play area, and lots of choice on the kids’ menu.