Bakers Arms

Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire

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Bakers Arms, Somerford Keynes, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6DN

(01285) 861298

www.thebakersarmssomerford.co.uk

Directions

On main street through village

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Worth a Visit

Pretty little 17th-c stone-built pub with catslide roof; four welll kept ales including Butcombe, Sharps and Stroud, Addlestone's cider, good house wines, generous helpings of tasty traditional food, friendly service, lots of pine tables in two linked areas, fire in big stone fireplace; children and dogs welcome, nice garden with play area, lovely village, handy for Cotswold Water Park, open (and food) all day except Sun when shuts at 6pm

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Ratings and Reviews

3 / 5 - 29 votes cast



Previous Reviews


We found this pub on the web and the blackboard outside advised that it was in the 2010 Good Pub Guide. Dogs welcome - surely a good sign. Drinks were good (Addlestones cider and Butcombe beer) but the food was overpriced and certainly the worst we had during our stay in Gloucestershire. Example - special prawn cocktail with homemade bread £7.50 - came in a small wine glass half filled with greenery and about 5 tiger prawns - and two chunks of ciabatta bread (no butter)! The pea and ham risotto (special) - the ham was in fine tiny shreds and no more than 10 shreds - guaranteed this was a starter portion but even so! Desserts (£4.50) came with very runny custard. Advice give this one a miss - there are so many better pubs around in this part of the world - Wild Duck at Ewan, Red Lion, Cricklade, Thames Head Inn near Kemble to name a few.


I'm glad that I didn't pay too much attention to the last review about this pub, because our visit recently was very favourable. I gather that the pub changed hands not long after that reviewer visited. We found the food to be very good, home cooked and mostly locally sourced. The 'specials' were interesting and varied, and prices were reasonable. There are four real ales and a selection of lagers and ciders. The beer would seem to be well kept and the staff is young, vibrant and welcoming. We also visited The Wild Duck on our travels, but found it to be cliquish and very difficult to get close enough to the bar to get served, because of a few selfish locals and two not very observant bar staff.


I was appalled by the service I received today (30th October 2012) and the attitude I received from one particular member of the staff who I can only assume was the Manager as he was giving orders to the staff!!! My food took 45 minutes to arrive and all I order was pate. Considering the pub wasn’t particular busy and the majority of food being brought out was deep fried I’d say their running of the kitchen wasn’t particular efficient. The comment I got when I asked how much longer for my food all I was given was a bunch of excess and in short the response was, you will get it when its ready. When I asked that the order should be cancelled as I wouldn’t have time to eat it (I was on my lunch break) he said it should be out soon (he didn’t even check the kitchen to see if this was the case). At which I respond if that’s the case I will take it. The next response took me by surprise and frankly should have walked out and refused to pay, ‘well do you want it or not’ if I wasn’t a lady I think I would have stuck my middle finger up!!!! I have worked in the catering industry for a number of years and I understand the frustration and stress that comes with it but at no point did I ever response to paying customer in that manner. I wouldn’t recommend your pub to anyone or visit again. This saddens me due to the amount of country pubs that are going under.


While staying close by for a mid-week break (often stay in the area as it's lovely) we visited this pub for a quick lunch on Tuesday 30th October. The place was packed out, the blazing fire was welcoming and the waitress was run off her feet, but very pleasant and cheerful. The only down side was some woman standing near the bar with her hand raised, clicking her fingers at the waitress and mouthing off about where her food was. After she had gone through to the room where a large group was eating, some other fellow apologised to the barman for her. Seems she often behaves like this. We had a nice lunch, soup and a sandwich, and we didn't wait very long to get it. Will definitely go back next time we are in the area, probably in the evening.


As the landlord I feel I should respond to the comments left on Wednesday 31st October. The lady in question arrived with a group celebrating a colleague leaving their company. Half the party pre-ordered as they were on their lunch break and knew they would be pushed. The lady in question didn't order her own food, her colleague did. I personally took her order through and she waited no more than15 minutes for her food which was on an order with several other meals, including a gammon which is cooked to order. As her meal was on an order with others we didn't think it right to send it seperately. Imagine if you were at a pub and your order arrived 10 minutes before the rest of your party? When she came to the bar to 'inquire' as to where her food was she was rude and abrupt. I had just come from the kitchen and coud see the arrival of her food was imminent so felt no need to return and confirm what I already knew. At ths point she said 'I'm not paying, I don't want it'. If her wait had been as long as she claims perhaps I could be more sympathetic, but 15 minutes is not a long wait. After she left, her colleagues at the bar apologised for her behaviour and hinted this was her normal behaviour in the office. It is a shame people can return and right such negative comments about an establishment in such a one sided manner. Many small pubs struggle nowadays, and unfair reviews such as this are damaging, especially when generally only one side of the story is told.


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