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Tuckers Grave Inn, Faulkland

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user reviews of the Tuckers Grave Inn, Faulkland

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Still as brilliant as ever. Glenda is said to be toying with the idea of bringing in some Otter to break the Butcombe monopoly. Here’s hoping...
JoWard25 - 30 Jan 2013 01:08
in one word.............."UNIQUE" .......................decent enough pint of Butcombe Bitter..........6/10
fat_beer_badger - 28 Jan 2012 17:23
Great to see the return of an old favourite
Jules_B - 1 Sep 2011 20:22
So glad to see this amazing survivor back for more! Undoubtedly the best local pub in the area, will be there on Thursday again as usual. Cheddar Valley all round!
JoWard25 - 17 Aug 2011 22:47
Reopened tonight, tues 16th aug 2011. All the regulars suddeny turned up from where ever they had been lurking, even Ken arrived from his doom and gloom, also sid made an apperance but minus colinhis bitch so he had to make do talking to richard the major.. TOP evening fresh beer (london pride and butcombe) and thatchers cheddar valley med or dry.
Not to sure yet of the new opening times as it was too busy to ask but will update the site asap.
petebeaumont - 16 Aug 2011 21:14
Confirmed, Tucker's Grave is definitely re-opening Tuesday 16th August - evening only I think.
Cideryapple - 14 Aug 2011 21:48
yah hoo, it is re opening . tuesday evening 16th august. TOP STUFF.
petebeaumont - 12 Aug 2011 17:11
Well, another one bites the dust. I missed the annoucements about it's demise and turned up on the 3rd June gasping for a beer, so you can imagine my disappointment when Glenda told me the news.
MrBlue - 7 Jun 2011 17:32
Very sad. One of the best in the area.
I hope it'll be resurrected, but I won't hold my breath!
Grand_Mufti - 31 May 2011 23:19
Well, that's it! Just got home from the pub after spending a couple of days there non-stop! And now it's closed. Bugger.
I kipped in the camper van in the car park since Saturday, and was offered a coffee this morning by the landlady when I came up for air at 9.00am. I declined her kind offer, the shock of a non alcolhic drink would have put my liver into a flat spin at that time.
I've enjoyed more than 40 years supping in the Tuckers, enjoyed some great times, met a few idiots and dozens of top flight individuals there, friends I will keep in touch with until ALL the lights go out.
Thanks to Ivan and Glenda! Enjoy you retirement.
apintofhalfandhalf - 31 May 2011 22:14
Yes sadly it is true. Another gem caught up by time. It closes at the end of May. I made my first and last visit today on my way from Cornwall to Surrey and it was worth the detour. Seymour Arms from now on until that runs out of time and luck!
wogerthewacer - 14 May 2011 20:10
As I write, I am more than 12,000 miles from this gem of a pub, but news travels fast these days. I have just heard (not confirmed as yet) that the Tuckers will be closing at the end of May. I hope, along with many others I guess, that this is not the case.
apintofhalfandhalf - 17 Apr 2011 04:50
This pub is the dogs bo***ks . proper beer , proper cider , no crap , just a nice place to be. Don't tell everyone though as it is quite small.

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kenthebiker - 12 Mar 2011 18:16
Time for another update on "Goings On" at the Tuckers , as it's about 2 years since I last contributed to these pages. Nothing much has changed with regard to the premises, except that the swallows who normally nest in the gents toilet have done a flit, which is a shame. This may be due to the fact that the leak water leak in the gents toilet, which was their sorce of liquids for years, has sealed itself. Ken is still persevering with his modern Enfield motorcycle, which gets into a tankslapper every time he rides past the Indian takeaway. Coleen and Sid recently embarked on a new business adventure in Devon, which apparently ended with claims of food poisoning against them, in the local courts. DLT is complaining of a mysterious lump in his underpants every time a young lady comes into the pub. Derek has joined the local church choir. Clue has swapped from cider to beer, as he thinks the messages he keeps hearing telling him to 'go away', are due to a bad batch of apples. Recent rumours of the pub being closed on Monday lunchtimes are being investigated, as it is suspected that it's probably a 'Lock-In' for late drinkers on Sunday nights, who give it a 'good go' until Monday evening. More news as soon as anything happens - don't hold your breath.
apintofhalfandhalf - 15 Feb 2011 22:22
If you both agree, then you're clearly sharing the same brain cell!
The spelling to which you refer is not mine, but that of wolvesfan, copied and pasted from his post.
Do try to keep up!
I agree fully about the Tuckers, but I cannot give it a higher score, as there is nothing available in the range above 10.

"But Arbiter, I agree with petebeaumont, you want to lay off the sauce my boy!!!
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wolvesfan - 22 Oct 2010 09:39
what on earth has the bell at standerwick comments got to do with tuckers grave? That final arbitor chap must be drinking too much, judging by his spelling etc.
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The_Final_Arbiter - 8 Nov 2010 18:30
Ah well, looks like my bad luck. Or should I say poor communication on the part of the local CamRA branch who should be advising HQ of the correct opening hours of their GBG entries?!
TWG - 8 Nov 2010 17:50
Tuckersgrave has been closed monday lunchtime since the start of the year. The pub keeps to the normal hours the rest of the week
petebeaumont - 5 Nov 2010 12:13
A substantive commentary cannot alas be given, as despite promises from the '11 GBG that this pub was open for business on a Monday lunchtime, the damn place was closed. Indeed, we wondered whether it had shut up shop altogether, given the wooden barricades and eerie quietness of the premises. However, tehre were signs of life in the rear quarters. Plainly, the proprietors had better things to do that day, or simply felt that they couldn't be arsed opening. A shame, as this attempt was my 4th in total, and on each occasion I've been thwarted by the arcane opening hours. I really thought I'd cracked it this time, but it was not to be.

The trouble is, it really is going to have to live well up to its legendary billing and beyond, as by the time I finally manage to gain ingress to the place my levels of anticipation will be stratospheric - especially as it suddently turns up at No 2 in BITE's daily chart!
TWG - 4 Nov 2010 17:14
@ The_Final_Arbiter - My dear boy, I happen to like Tuckers Grave and have said as much. I merely pointed out that I use to run the Bell (it was on a temporary basis) and would one day like to own it. There was a guy there at one time that was a very good operator and I have pointed out as much. That is all. Am I not allowed to acknowlege someone who was good at their job??

Getting back to 'Tuckers'. It's a great pub, highly recommended and should be visited by anyone who appreciates this type of pub.

But Arbiter, I agree with petebeaumont, you want to lay off the sauce my boy!!!
wolvesfan - 22 Oct 2010 09:39
what on earth has the bell at standerwick comments got to do with tuckers grave? That final arbitor chap must be drinking too much, judging by his spelling etc.
petebeaumont - 22 Oct 2010 00:10
wolvesfan says he used to run the Bell @ Standerwick.
Why then, does he say this about it?

"One day this oub will be mine (we can all dream). As a roadside eating house it has the potential to be one of the best. Between May and June 2008 it had a temporary manager who absolutley turned the place around (where is he now I ask?). With the right operator (like the afore mentioned individule. Anyone know his name?) this place can 'fly'. 10/10. If your afyter food in a pleasent atmosphere with ample parking, this is the place.
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wolvesfan - 29 Dec 2009 11:41"

Oh dear!
The_Final_Arbiter - 16 Oct 2010 13:16
Well. well....what to say about this place? FANTASTIC!!!! If you want an real Somerset Cider House 'Yer Tiz', is all I can say. I use to run the Bell in Standerwrwick, Nr. Frome, Som. and this place is one of my all time favorite pubs. Well worth a visit....and a 9/10 from me!!!
wolvesfan - 1 Sep 2010 19:44
Nice pint of Butcombe and the scrumpys good too.
Apparently the wurzels favourite pub.
Well worth an 8.
ed_hill - 31 Aug 2010 19:35
very interesting pub! with good ol' proper scrumpy
joncab - 7 Jun 2010 18:01
First time I've been in for about 18mths. Good to see that it is still unchanged, it's now around 35 years since I have been going there. Eggs were still being sold.

And I would just like to say to the occaisional visitor. Don't lat the shuutters at the windows being closed fool you into thinking it is closed. And I would like to add that they are don't open Monday lunchtimes anymore.
Jules_B - 11 May 2010 21:39
Greetings to all the locals and especially to The Rabbit from an Oxford admirer of the Tuckers Grave who likes a drop of gin in his cider.
jmace - 27 May 2009 09:49
Real time-warp pub with all beers & ciders poured straight from the barrel. Beer choice is Bass (a rarity these days) or Butcombe Bitter both well kept. Long-term licensees Ivan and Glenda were away when I visited last Thursday (at the Devon county show) but Mary's welcome was warm enough. Oh and the bantam's eggs I bought for 75p / half a dozen were fantastic for my breakfast. Will try to make a return visit some day.
bobinman - 23 May 2009 23:48
Great pub, good beer, nice garden, well worth a visit.
MrBlue - 15 May 2009 14:15
Haven't been here for a year or two, but used to be a frequent if irregular visitor, and when I walked in after some weeks absence, my pint was poured without my having to wait.
I liked this place then, and still would include it in my list of all-time must visit pubs.
The_Final_Arbiter - 17 Feb 2009 23:56
They dont come better than this,we used to camp in the field next to it in summer.If you are not used to the cider you WILL need a taxi or designated driver. 10/10 nuff said.
jameswoodland - 18 Jan 2009 09:20
Superb, what a gem. The Butcombe was in top condition and the pub was just as friendly as previous reviews said.

Even the doorstep sarnies were brilliant.

The only comment I'd make: we almost drove by, as it seemed closed. On a warm day especially, they should have the front door open, or some other indication they are open, or passing trade will carry on, well, passing. And I'd hate to see this place close down.
Biggles - 2 Oct 2008 18:00
hey PUBTraveller, if you are such an expert on pubs - then why is tuckers grave your first post. i think you maybe a bit of a muppet with a grudge to bear!!
Anyway the pub is probably better off without your slimey custom. cheers from the locals

petebeaumont - 17 Aug 2008 21:23
I'm with "Biggles" on this one, I suppose a small percentage of what is served in all pubs will not be as it should be. So you order a drink, taste it, drink it, or ask for it to be replaced or get a refund if you think it's not up to scratch. Not go away and slag the pub off without a chance to defend itself. Anyway, it wouldn't have been the landlord who served you, he would have been checking his cattle at that time!
apintofhalfandhalf - 15 Aug 2008 20:58
Pubtraveller: "What do you do when someone is knowingly trying to rob you?".

Didn't you ask for it to be changed? That's what usually happens. And in what way was a barman 'trying to rob you'? A barman gets no profit from serving a bad pint.

The odd bad pint can always happen. You just point it out and get a fresh one, you don't make a drama out of it.
Biggles - 12 Aug 2008 21:07
Considering this is a traditional pub where "nothing ever happens", the place is in turmoil of late. Cil is off to live in France (please leave a round in before you go), Roger Cravat is restoring a Morgan so he can re-live his youth (amazing memory), the Pig has stopped swearing (temporarily), Clue has sold his Sunbeam and is looking for a Sinclair C5 (better brakes), Coleen is plugged in to a foreign lady who looks wonderful in the dark (Sid is secretely arranging a liaison with her in the garden shed), and the Landlord hasn't been seen on duty for ages.(What Landlord?) Ken has "151 pints in" at the last count, and Storm Trooper Bob has put up for election as a member of the Somerset Placid Party. Is there life before death?
apintofhalfandhalf - 13 Jul 2008 20:16
Good beer, pleasant garden. Nuff said.
MrBlue - 18 Jun 2008 18:57
pub looks much nicer than the photo.
plenty of jolly locals.
watch out for the scrumpy!

tomandjerry - 16 May 2008 21:23
The pub is named after Edward Tucker who hanged himself at nearby Charlton Farm in 1747 not in the pub! He would have been buried in unconsecrated ground at a remote crossroads as was the custom for suicides. The field opposite is named after him so it is probably the site of his last resting place. There is no evidence that he was was a former Landlord of the pub. In fact nothing is known about him at all.

The main central section of Tucker's Grave Inn was built in the mid-1600s and the pub was already known by its current name by the early 1800s. There's a bit about its history in a folder in the 'Rose Room'.

Enough of that, it is a unique and unspoilt traditional pub with a unique atmosphere, fine beer and cider, a great Landlord and Landlady and a surprising variety of friendly 'regulars' from all walks of life - like a pub should be!
roger.bonsall - 4 May 2008 17:37
'hung', I meant. Not 'hing'.
Joan_Crawford - 24 Oct 2007 15:57
No bar, just sort of stand in front of a space while your beer or cider is poured from the barrels behind the landlord.

Big furniture, nice to sit outside in summer and gaze across the fields.

The cider is lethal, most folk are pretty jolly, fires are good, and the picture above really doesn't do it justice.

Although, it doesn't bother me enough to upload one of my own (ahem).

Apparently, Tucker was a 19th century landlord of the establishment, who got into debt and hing himself on the premises.
Joan_Crawford - 24 Oct 2007 15:56
Hadn't been in for a while, so we decided to have a pint or two of Thatchers last weekend. Good choice: this is possibly the best-kept cider around, not to mention to exemplary Butcombe bitter. Proper people in there, too, so you can actually have A Conversation in a pub, which is becoming all too rare. And where else would an occasional visitor be included when the birthday cake was being doled out?
mhanley - 17 Oct 2007 16:35
Oh...tut..tut apintofhalfandhalf, far too advanced for me is this 'Paintshop' stuff. I did live in Corsham after all !! More important stuff, is Knatch cider still available in that area ?

Biker - 13 Oct 2007 08:48
If "The Biker" wants a really good picture of the pub, I mean one that suits him right down to the ground with all the boring bits like curtains, walls and roofs edited out, he should invest in a computer programme called "Paintshop" and make the pub look the way he wants it to!
apintofhalfandhalf - 8 Oct 2007 21:39
apintofhalfandhalf

Okay so you incinerated the curtains with the crisp bags, sounds like a sensible decision to me ! When do we get a credible picture on this site that does the pub justice ? If my memory serves me correctly, 7/10 is about right for the decent old boozer I remember. See you - and new curtains - after Christmas !!
Biker - 5 Oct 2007 13:46
Due to the recent chimney fire which could have destroyed this treasure of a hostelry, and the ban on smoking in pubs, the old "Smoke Room" has now be re-named as the "Fluffers Lounge", which the regulars find a bit odd.
anonymous - 18 Sep 2007 21:36
The reviews previously posted make interesting reading, from the chap who moans about lack of care for the environment due to crisp bags being burnt on the fire (how did he get to the pub, on foot I hope), to the last correspondant who says the pub is "definitely worth a visit despite some of the locals, a limited choice of ales, and not brilliant Butcombe". Just what was it that makes the place worth a visit to him then? Oh yes, I've spotted it, the tables, chairs, and lack of paint. He must have visited on a Tuesday, when the Oxford Debating Society take the pub over. Now they ARE weird people.
Anyway, the poor taste in curtains also refered to has been resolved, we incinerated them with the crisp bags last night. I just wish the pub was on the bus route, I would get some value out of my OAP Bus Pass!
apintofhalfandhalf - 12 Aug 2007 21:43
despite some of the locals, this is definitely worth visiting.
ale choice is limited, but the Butcombe is OK (not brilliant).
The old interior and furnishings give the place its character.
alehouses - 24 Jul 2007 15:32
Recently 'Clu' produced a chestnut roasting pan and we roasted chestnuts on the open fire and passed them around the pub. You couldn't do this in some awful modern, 'themed', fizzy beer and lager selling, pub! Happily 'thegeesta' (afraid to use his name?) wasn't there!
roger.bonsall - 14 Dec 2006 13:51
Thats what the pub looks like you numpty, what do you want a front garden / sea view or herds of wilderbeasts??
petebeaumont - 5 Dec 2006 07:12
I've been drinking in Tuckers on average about once every six weeks or so for nearly 2 years now. I love Thatchers medium cider my friend is a fan of the Butcombe. It's a wonderful pub, old fashioned, open fire, lovely dog, a taste of yesteryear - keep up the good work Ivan & Glenda.
katherinep - 3 Dec 2006 12:49
Make sure to bring some aspirin, the cider is quite strong and VERY tasty. The staff and clients are warm and friendly. Old world charm and lots of character.


brianktennis - 4 Oct 2006 15:19
The finest cider in the Somerset, and the beer's excellent too. Very friendly regulars make this a Proper Country Pub(tm). I can think of nothing wrong with this place, unless you like your pubs shiny, glitzy and full of eighteen-year-olds sullenly drinking themselves into a stupor.
mhanley - 28 Jun 2006 09:05
a real gem of a pub,warm and friendly atmosphere, try drinking the cider it will give you wings
anonymous - 14 Apr 2006 11:59
What a great PUB good beer, well kept, warm welcome. Interesting lack of bar counter. Don't understand what a crisp bag on the fire has to do with good beer.
SteveBudd - 3 Mar 2006 16:36
The best pub in a 15 mile radius of Bath, I agree with all the comments apart from the last misguided person, a few crisp bags on the fire is no problem.
Just visit and enjoy the beer,cider,friendlyness and the FIRES. you will be back for more.
petebeaumont - 3 Mar 2006 10:26
If you care for the environment, don't drink here - they put all their waste on their open fire. I was there for a short pint and witnessed the staff and customers putting various bits of plastic on the fire - four times in twenty minutes! When I questioned this, they informed me that they don't have a choice. I guess bins haven't been invented in Somerset yet ...
thegeesta - 13 Feb 2006 20:07
This place is a gem. It's like stepping back in time. No bar, and a fair few ciders to choose from. So friendly as well. Last time I went there, the local farmer came in and handed out fresh veg to everyone in there. Best advice - find someone who is physically incapable of drinking, and enjoy the local comestibles to the full.
Froggy_Jo - 21 Nov 2005 16:38
This is a beer and cider house in the middle of know where. It is used by locals and a select band who appreciate a genuine traditional pub without music etc. Sit on benches chatting with the locals in the way our granfathers did in their youth. The beer is kept in superb condition. Food available at lunchtime (by polite negotiation in the evening). It is rarely more sophisticted than a cheese sandwich, but its good cheese and excellent bread.
georgedonkin - 15 Jan 2005 17:39
proper pub in the middle of nowhere no music no machinesno bar! only good beer
steve - 5 Oct 2004 21:53

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