Latest Pub News
On this page we will try to keep you up to date on any changes to the pubs of Somerset, i.e closures, opening,s etc. This can be quite a difficult job as the branch area is so large. If you know of any changes, threatened closures, etc. please feel free to contact the pubs officer Andy Jones or drop me an email on moc.liamg@66kwauqs.
CAMRA's Good Beer Guide App
Keep notes, favourites and plan your trips to pubs and bars across the UK with the Good Beer Guide App
CAMRA's Good Beer Guide App is a live database of over 4500 Good Beer Guide pubs as well as a further 30,000 pubs and bars and 1750+ breweries across the UK.
With map references and links to navigation apps on your phone or tablet, it couldn't be easier to find a Good Beer Guide pub near you*
Subscriptions start at 99p per month or £4.99 for a full year (A subscription is required to unlock the full functionality of the app).
Download for free at https://camra.cmail20.com/t/j-l-nuyjthd-jrhudhljjk-y/.
Somerset Pubs newly added to the CAMRA Good Beer Guide in 2019.
Ashcott Ring of Bells
Bishops Lydeard Quantock Brewery Tape
Drayton Drayton Crown
Minehead Queens Head Inn
Somerton White Heart
Taunton Coal Orchard & Perkin Walbeck
Wedmore New Inn
Yeovil Quicksilver Mail.
The Cross Keys Inn at Lydford-on-Fosse is a Gold Award Winner
Today the Cross Keys Inn at Lydford-on-Fosse is celebrating in style after winning a Gold award for Tourism Pub of the Year 2018/2019. Pub owner David Grindley said ‘I’m honoured to receive this award on behalf of our hardworking staff and customers who make the pub such a great place to visit. Pubs are at the heart of our community it’s a difficult business to make work. We hope visitors and locals will continue to give us their support which is very much appreciated.’
There were a record number of winners announced at Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards Ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Bath. Nearly 300 guests from the best tourism businesses across the Bristol, Bath and Somerset attended a black tie dinner and awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel in Bath. Laura Rawlings, from BBC Radio Bristol, hosted the evening alongside Phil de Glanville, former Bath Rugby player, with sponsors presenting 86 hand crafted awards made by Shakspeare Glass.
Somerset based organiser Nell Barrington said “last night I was just so excited and proud to be celebrating with these amazing tourism businesses. The numbers of entries this year has increased by nearly a third so the competition was really tough and it was great to see so many turn out in force to celebrate their achievements. My congratulations goes out to them all.” Nigel Scott, Business Development Director at Bristol Airport, said: “This year’s Awards were a fantastic showcase for Bristol, Bath and Somerset. From small independents to major attractions, the range and quality of experiences on offer to visitors is impressive.
The Farmers Arms at Combe Florey (TA4 3HZ) is due to reopen
On 11th January 2017 a serious fire caused by a stray spark from the wood burner enveloped the pub in flames, destroying the upper floor and thatch roof and redesign the building unusable.
After spending almost two years being rebuilt, the historic Farmers Arms reopened on Sunday 25th November.
Renowned Chef Mike Griffiths taking over the kitchen as Head Chef.
Tim Young & Jane Bishop, owners, informs us that The Farmers Arms is a 14th Century Grade 2 listed building and that the rebuild headed up by Les Joint of Torquay ensured that English Heritage, Conservation and Planners were involved at every stage of the rebuild. They are delighted with the quality of the restoration which maintained the cob walls, medieval chimney and fireplace using his team utilising various skills with in the building trade.
If travelling by car access is on the south side of second bridge from Taunton under West Somerset Railway…beware a tricky turn.
By service 28 bus, alight at Combe Flory Turn, (by first bridge) walk towards village and turn right at phone box into lane stay on right and this leads to footpath and pub car park.
Monday Pub 12 - 11 Restaurant 12 - 2.30 6 - 9pm
Tuesday Pub 12 - 11 Restaurant 12 - 2.30 6 - 9
Wednesday Pub 12 - 11 Restaurant 12 - 2.30 6 - 9
Thursday Pub 12 - 11 Restaurant 12 - 2.30 6 - 9
Friday Pub 12 - 11 Restaurant 12 - 2.30 6 - 9
Saturday Pub 12 - 11 Restaurant 12 - 2.30 6 - 9
Sunday Pub 12 - 7 Restaurant 12 - 3pm
Dinnington Docks under new management
Dinnington Docks, a grade II listed building near Hinton St George, has sold for £385,000 to a new first-time buyer. Previous owners Roger and Hilary Hardisty said they ‘loved every minute’ of running the village pub for the last 19 years. Matthew Mills, who purchased Dinnington Docks, said he wants to ensure the pub remains a ‘landmark property’. He added: “ I’m looking forward to bringing it back to its former glory, developing the wet and food sales. We have exciting plans to restore and extend the building too, ensuring it remains an asset to the community and a landmark property.”
Farmers Arms at Combe Florey
Tim Young says it should be ready to reopen in time for Christmas 2018. http://farmersarmsatcombeflorey.co.uk.
The Royal Oak in Crewkerne PUB REMAINS CLOSED AFTER SUCCESSFUL MUSIC FESTIVAL ... The Royal Oak in Hermitage Street has remained closed since its annual Oak Fest on Sunday August 5th, when five different artistes and bands took to the stage in the pub’s garden. For full story see: http://crewkerneheadlinesandtopics.com/2018/08/14/pub-remains-closed-after-successful-music-festival.
New face at the helm as the Armoury pub in Yeovil undergoes refurbishment. The Yeovil town centre pub is set to re-open under a new tenant after a refurbishment. The Armoury on The Park, near Tesco Extra, is currently closed as it undergoes enhancement work, and is set to open again later this month. The pub will re-open on Saturday 27th October 2018.
All change at the Square & Compasses. Now The Flying Fish, Wood Road, Windmill Hill, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9NX. https://www.theflyingfishsomerset.co.uk.
The Lowtrow Cross Inn, Upton, Taunton, TA4 2DB. This pub will be opening with new tenants on 20th October 2018. Exmoor Ale will be their permanent real ale.
Friday 30th November 2018: Perkin Warbeck Taunton Tap Takeover Cotleigh Brewery from 18.30 hrs.
Friday 14th December 2018: Perkin Warbeck Tap Takeover Taunton Yeovil Ales from 18.30 hrs.
The Lion Inn at Timberscombe
This pub is going from strength to strength, the food is freshly cooked by the hosts , the ales are varied and superb , the pump clips behind the are good indicator of what they have had in the cellar. There is also a board telling what is settling in the cellar. The hosts will also take on board requests for beer and if possible will put it on. I ask for Tim Taylor’s landlord , trouble is if I am not quick enough it’s all gone! The locals I think are pleased to have their local back, I know I am and I don’t live in the village. A warm welcoming pub, well recommended. Branch members get round to the Lion.
SOMERSET PUB, THE CROSS KEYS INN at LYDFORD - ON - FOSSE WRITES TO PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN!
Click here to download details: Cross Key declares independence. Our independence raised £7200 for St Margaret’s Hospice. Also, additional info: We are one of three finalists in the South West Tourism Pub of the Year covering Bristol, Bath and Somerset there were 650 entries. Wo ho!
Fancy buying this pub? It'll set you back a cool £1 million
THE freehouse Ralegh’s Cross Inn on Exmoor is up for sale - at £1 million. See http://www.chardandilminsternews.co.uk/news/16332532.Fancy_buying_this_pub__It_ll_set_you_back_a_cool___1_million/?ref=mrb&lp=7 for details.
Wyndham Arms, Ilton, for sale at a price of £325,000 through agents Sidney Phillips.
The Crown at Rumwell has had concrete barriers erected blocking access to the car park so it appears that it won't be reopening any time soon.
Blue Anchor Inn in Peril
The cliff The Blue Anchor Inn sits on could crumble into the sea if nothing is done to save it. Sadly this pub has now closed.
Save the Great Western Pub in Yeovil
Somerset Live are covering the story this week (28 Nov. 2017). Can I please ask EVERYBODY to sign the petition accessed via this link:
The pub will close its doors on Saturday December 2nd. 2017. http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/great-western-pub-yeovil-set-840302.
The Ring of Bells in Taunton has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Oakademy of Excellence, Oakham Ales, which is awarded to flagship venues serving high quality beers. It was presented to them by the managing director of Oakham Ales.
The SW pub of the year is the Salutation Inn, Ham. http://www.the-sally-at-ham.com.
The Duke of Wellington in Minehead have set up a Real Ale & Cider Facebook Page dedicated to their pub at https://www.facebook.com/dukeofwellingtonale.
The Rock Inn at Waterrow: Perhaps you haven't been in the Rock for a while but we are selling a range of ciders including the Bere Cider Company's Gold Rush (6.5%), Thatcher's Stan's Traditional (6%), Luscombe Organic (4.9%), Quantock Brewery's Copper Knob as well as Katy (7.4%). We are also selling Quantock Brewery's Craft Ale - Sunraker (4.2%) which is proving very popular, as well as regular ales - Otter & Tribute.
Top Pubs in Somerset according to Somerset Life Magazine
The August edition of Somerset Life Magazine produced in Totnes have listed what they think are the best 10 pubs in the County of Somerset.
Bell Inn, Ash
Knowle Inn, Bawdrip
Queens Arms, Corton Denham
Rose & Crown, Huish Episcopi
Halfway House, Pitney
Brewers Arms, South Petherton
Ring of Bells, Taunton
Crossways, West Huntspill
BATH & BORDERS BRANCH
Bell Inn, Bath
The George, Croscombe
Fitzhead Pub Under Threat
First off I should say that I'm not actually a resident of Fitzhead, a village in Somerset with an under-threat pub, though I am a CAMRA member. My parents live in the village; I moved away 20-odd years ago but return for visits.
I want to bring to your attention the threat to the village pub and find out if you can offer any advice.
For years the Fitzhead Inn has been under threat of property types trying to turn it into a residence, but in 2014 it became listed as an asset of community value, until 2019. Presumably in 2019 it has to reapplied for, and the owner if they want can object, saying it has no community value.
And here's the thing: on the face of it the current incumbent is doing everything he can to run the pub down. In a village where people for decades have been popping in for a late pint to chat with whoever's in - at 10pm, half ten or whatever, he's decided that if there's nobody in at half nine he's closing. Anyone who would normally go in late can't - and he can therefore claim the place had no customers that night, and therefore is not an asset of community value. Even when there are people in he's looking at the clock from half nine onwards, pressuring people to drink up and refusing to serve after 10pm because "I have to be up early" and that type of thing. He's also been known to claim the dining area is fully booked, which subsequently turns out not to be the case.
Obviously the guy should be allowed to run the pub largely how he wants, but this seems an intentional ploy. He's never run a village pub before and refuses to accept that this type of pub isn't likely to generate massive profits - it is by its nature an asset of community value, there when the community needs it, provided it can at least not make a loss. Previous owners have demonstrated this pub is quite capable of making a small profit when run properly.
It seems the pub is currently on the market, though whether that's part of the owner's plan is hard to say. I'm not suggesting he should be forced to run it at a loss but as I said previous owners have managed to run it without losing money, and it's at the centre of a village of a couple of hundred people.
So is there anything you can suggest here? The pub is presumably safe until 2019 but I'm trying to get ahead of it. My parents and the other villagers want their pub kept and will be willing to use it more often with a more welcoming atmosphere, but they're not the type to kickstart efforts to save it, which is why I'm here.
If you're the wrong man to contact, apologies for that. But anything you could point me towards, whether contacting the council at this point is worth it or whatever else, I'd be grateful to hear.
Kind regards, Chris Lockie.