Bristolians are in a truly fortunate position when it comes to locating great countryside pubs. Luckily for us, there are plenty of beautiful country pubs a mere stone’s throw from the city, where we can get cosy as heck as the weather turns cold or bask in their enormous beer gardens when it's warm. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite pubs outside the city to escape the rat race in.
The Angel Inn, Long Ashton
Since 1495, this Grade II listed pub has been a tavern in some capacity or another, and is still a favourite amongst Long Ashton natives today. Serving up pub classics alongside traditional ales, it’s the ideal place to while away a Sunday afternoon. Their impressive garden is a beautiful sun trap in the summer months, but come wintertime it’s all about snuggling up to that open roaring fire. For more information, click here.
Pony & Trap, Chew Magna
For fanciful, Michelin-starred cosy afternoons, seek out the Pony & Trap. Taken over by Josh and Holly Eggleton in 2006, they have gained a well-deserved reputation for not only serving up the best roast in Bristol, but for their incredible-sounding à la carte menu too, which has held a Michelin star since 2011. Expect some of the best food in the South West, in an absolutely gorgeous countryside setting overlooking the rolling hills of Chew Magna. For more information, click here.
The Bird in Hand, Long Ashton
A truly decadent experience for food lovers is to be had at the Bird in Hand in Long Ashton; everything on the menu is prepared on the premises, from their loaves of crusty bread to the black pudding on their brekkie. Awarded both a Bib Gourmand & an AA Rosette for Culinary excellence, expect experimental plates which sing the praises of the local, seasonal ingredients they have been crafted from. For more information, click here.
The Swan Inn, Swineford
This Bath Ales pub sits just outside the village of Bitton, on the scenic route towards Bath. With a cosy, cobblestoned interior and delectable food and drink on offer, it’s ideal for a pint and a post-ramble roast. Pop over the Bath Road for a stroll along the public footpath, which runs all the way along the river Avon, emerging at the other end in Keynsham (it’s a bit of a hike, mind!). For more information, click here.
New Inn, Blagdon
A proper countryside tavern with more charm than a chocolate box. This pub overlooks the beautiful Blagdon Lake, nestled on the outskirts of the Mendips. The food is informal, traditional and completely unpretentious, with a few hit and miss reviews on Google. But perhaps the best thing about the New Inn is that they don’t allow children, so you can be sure to nurse your raging hangover undisturbed in the peace and quiet of the beautiful Blagdon air. For more information, click here.
The Bird in Hand, Saltford
As DJ Khaled would say, “another one”. This Bird in Hand is a traditional boozer sitting a mere stone’s throw from the Bristol to Bath railway path, making it ideal for a mid-way pitstop on your Sunday cycle. Expect a warm welcome from this unpretentious drinking establishment, with plenty of real ales and ciders flowing, plus a menu chock-a-block with warming stick-to-your ribs food to fatten your bones ready for hibernation season. For more information, click here.
Thank you Lily Doble for this great roundup