Bustling, friendly dining pub with pleasing food, helpful staff and fine choice of drinks; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Converted from a row of old miners' cottages and nicely situated in the heart of the Chew Valley, this attractive stone inn is full of character. It was refurbished in 2019 and the various bars and dining areas have button-back wall banquettes, sofas and armchairs, wooden and leather dining chairs around all sorts of tables, smart curtains, stripped stone walls, two woodburning stoves and a big log fire in an inglenook. Friendly, helpful staff serve Butcombe Original, Bath Gem and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump, 14 wines by the glass (and some interesting bin ends) and several malt whiskies; TV in the snug. The front terrace has picnic-sets and there are pretty flower beds, hanging baskets and tubs. The 13 bedrooms are quiet and comfortable and breakfasts are very good. There are enjoyable walks in the peaceful surrounding countryside.
The good pub guide food review
Good food includes sandwiches, vegan pesto hummus with roasted seeds and flatbread, whole baked camembert with rosemary and honey, macaroni and cauliflower cheese, monkfish and tiger prawn Malaysian curry, cod and prawn fishcake with beetroot, fennel and watercress salad, roasted red pepper salad with avocado, date molasses and pumpkin seeds, roast chicken with smoked bacon, mushrooms, asparagus and parmesan mash, and puddings such as lemon and thyme possett and chocolate, orange and rum torte.
Carpenters Arms, Stanton Wick, Pensford, Bristol, BS39 4BX
Pub Group: Buccaneer Holdings