The Packhorse | Pub in Bath & N.E. Somerset | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Packhorse - Pub in Bath & N.E. Somerset

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Old School Hill, South Stoke, Bath, BA2 7DU, Bath & N.E. Somerset
England, United Kingdom

James Dixon
www.packhorsebath.co.uk
+44 (0)1225 830300(landline)

Absolute gem of a pub, saved and run by the village (one of Bath's best), with wonderful walks, views, tasty grub and a warm welcome for all

Pubs like this don't come along often, certainly not often enough for our taste. Beautiful on the outside, even better inside, with a pretty garden perched at the back, looking out across Bath's rolling countryside. 1674 is carved into the stone arch over the door, although parts may date back further, and the team spent lavishly to make sure it looks as if nothing's changed in the years between then and now. Wooden shutters, cavernous fireplaces, wonky tables and chairs; you'll start wishing for a lock-in as soon as you set foot here. One side of the bar is reserved for drinkers only, while those with an appetite can choose to eat downstairs or up. Expect hearty fare with a creative flair (confit spiced duck leg with asian fregola; roast Cornish hake with tempura squid) while Sunday lunches are the stuff of legend. Our favourite new find by a long mile.

Features
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
WiFi
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from James Dixon:

Local points of interest from
James Dixon:

  • The Packhorse is a 17th century inn which reopened in 2018 having been saved in what is currently the most successful community pub buy out in Britain. It's since been awarded CAMRA's best saved pub award.
  • The pub is a true gem having been sensitively restored throughout and furnished with original tavern furniture. The garden enjoys tremendous views of the hills beyond.
  • It is situated in the beautiful village of South Stoke just 3 miles from central Bath on the southern most slopes of the Cotswolds.
  • There are several great circular walks to be enjoyed from the pub, printed guides are available at the bar.
Points of interest

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Details

Meals:

Starters from £5. Mains from £12. Lunch sandwiches from £7.

Closed:

Until 11.30am daily.

Address:

Old School Hill, South Stoke, Bath, BA2 7DU, Bath & N.E. Somerset

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