Stone-built country pub with a friendly atmosphere, real ales and honest food; seats outside
The good pub guide review
With bare stone walls, planked ceilings, flagstoned or slate floors and dark wood furniture, the various rooms and alcoves here are both cosy and full of character. There's both an open fire in a big grate as well as a woodburning stove in a back bar, while the smarter dining room is half panelled and half painted. Horse tack, farm tools and photos of Queen Victoria adorn the walls. Furniture is traditional: cushioned wall settles, farmhouse and other solid chairs around all manner of wooden tables, a nice old pew beside a screen settle making a snug alcove, and high chairs next to the bar counter where they serve Butcombe Bitter and Rare Breed and a changing guest on handpump, six farm ciders, seven malt whiskies, nine gins and nine wines by the glass. There are plenty of seats in the front courtyard, with more across the lane where there's also a children's playground; the smokers' shelter is a converted dray wagon. Wheelchair access.
The good pub guide food review
Food is traditional and fair priced: chicken liver and bacon pâté, beef and ale pie with potatoes and peas, cheddar and cherry tomato tart with chips and salad, a range of pizzas, burger and chips, wholetail scampi with chips and peas, chilli beef, smoked salmon and prawn salad, faggots with mash and peas, and puddings such as chocolate fudge cake and treacle sponge and custard.
Queen Victoria, Pelting Drove, Priddy, Wells, Somerset, BA5 3BA
Pub Group: Butcombe