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Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton

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user reviews of the Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton

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A traditional, stone built pub in this small village, it would appear to be a popular spot with locals but on a recent Sunday afternoon visit there were clearly a number of visitors there, no doubt due to the fact that one of the eighty Gromits from the “Gromit Unleashed” trail currently on around Bristol was in the small beer garden at the back.

The pub consists of three rooms. The public bar at the front of the pub is the smallest, and this was a pleasant room with beams on the ceiling, mustard colour paintwork and dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls. Flooring was mostly wood and there was a brick fire-place to one side with a wood burning stove. A plasma was stuck on the wall above this which spoilt the look of the brick chimney breast somewhat, but at least it was turned off. An old ship’s lantern was sat on top of the stove and there was various brewery memorabilia about such as old mirrors from Bass and Youngs.

To the rear of this is a much larger room that looks as though it was a skittle alley at one time, and perhaps still is, but also doubles as a function room. This had a high vaulted ceiling and a number of old metal advertising signs were on the walls from companies such as Cadburys and the Western Daily Press. There was some flagstone flooring in here besides light wood strip. A lounge bar to the right had slightly more of a food focus with some tables being reserved, but was still a pleasant room and there were a few punters sat up on stools at the bar.

Beers on tap were Cotswold Spring’s Stunner, Bath Ales Spa and Bristol Beer Factory’s Acer. Another pump for BBF No. 7 appeared to have run out. Ciders were also well represented with Stowford Press and Ashton Press as well as both Bounders and Bounders Traditional from Bath Ales.
Blackthorn - 5 Aug 2013 22:03
Really nice beer - good choices and good quality!

Good food although steak was a little overcooked.

Service was ok although not as good as the reviews here had led me to believe (definately seemed to be a policy of serving locals first!)

The outside of the pub is a little tired but the interior is homely and welcoming (if a bit overcrowded with tables). Currently has a Gromit in the garden (part of the Bristol Gromit Trail)
pubscouter - 4 Aug 2013 21:49
Great friendly pub. Stopped in while on the Cotswold Way. Good beer, proper decent pub grub. Friendly locals. Recommended!
Bagsy - 19 Sep 2012 11:41
One of the friendliest pubs I've ever been to. A group of us went before going to Westonbirt Arboretum to see a concert and the landlord laid on free food. Butcombe Gold was excellent as was the other three real ales the others in our group drank. Top pub.
neptune06 - 29 Jun 2011 05:27
Excellent, great beer and great Sunday lunch. Beer was a new (?) Wickwar brew, Penny Black, a 5.0% version of their knock-out Station Porter. Wonderful stuff, beautifully served. Food was a very good pub Sunday lunch, served without fuss.

A great pub.
fremsley - 28 Nov 2010 21:15
Great boozer. We only stopped in briefly for two halves (Bristol Beer Factory Sunrise and Wickwar Bob), but worth going back to. They also had a Wickwar Autumn Ale and a Wickwar Cider on offer, as well as Bath Ales Gem.

It's a really big place - lounge bar, public bar, restaurant and big room at the back with a dart board and skittle alley. Lots of old memorabilia on the walls to look at as well.

It's a brief detour from Westonbirt Arboretum for anyone who wants to stop after visiting.
Roodeye - 2 Nov 2009 12:43
Not been in for a while but after watching a day's racing at nearby Castle Combe this was the obvious port of call for a meal and good ale to round a perfect day off. The landlord here is a card and then some, cracking sense of humour! The locals are still as friendly as ever too and the food is still by far the best home cooked, spot on meals that anybody will not fail to enjoy and all at a good price too.

Only had one pint of Bristol beer factory Sunrise due to being the driver on the day so that made me very angry indeed because it was sublime and I could have stayed all evening drinking it but one must always remain sensible ...... I guess. (pffftttttt) 11/10 :- If possible that is!
MisterX - 19 Apr 2009 19:31
Couldn't agree more with the previous reviews. There are some interesting signs on the walls inside and an old-fashioned AA sign outside. Yes, it looks a bit shabby on the outside but don't be put off. The beer was excellent and, although the barmaid who served us was a bit sullen, the landlord was a very cheerful soul.
southdown12jack - 29 Jul 2008 12:47
Popped in whilst en route to the award-winning Old Spot. Whilst said competitor has taken all the plaudits from CamRA, nearby more ruralised options should not be overshadowed, and deserve some positive attention too. One such example in this area is the Beaufort, which is a fairly typical village country local pub, but with a friendly licensee, pleasant clientele, and above all, a superb cask ale range, which included the excellent Donkey Bitter and Moumentale amongst others - all in stupendous nick!
Food looked enticing (good honest grub), but alas no more than crisps were sampled on the day. Maybe another time.
Unusually, this place retains the old-fashioned charms of a 2-bar arrangement, which one rarely finds nowadays but misses all the more when experienced.
TWG - 19 Mar 2008 18:08
Top, top pub! Landlord & locals very friendly indeed. A great range of ever changing real ales served in supreme condition and the wonderful Wickwar Screech real cider on draught too. This pub hits the mark on every count.
MisterX - 3 Feb 2008 12:51
Great food, Great Beer, Great Staff, one of the best in the S Glos area, a great place to walk or bike to.
CyclingCiderGlider - 25 Oct 2007 12:17
Was on holiday and staying at Marshfield. Visited Tetbury and on the return journey took a turning to this village and found this gem of a pub. Although a little shabby on the outside from the road, on entering it was warm and friendly. The locals were talkative and the landlord very nice. The beer was lovely and the food, although we did not eat here, looked very inviting and for a lunchtime the pub seemed to be very popular with local people. Certainly when visiting this area again, will call in on this pub again.
Walkingboots - 17 Feb 2006 22:55
This was the Glo'shire pub of the year recently and deservedly so.It is unpretentious and welcoming with good value food, ( I recommend its faggots from Chipping Sodbury), draught cider, Wickwar BOB, and a changing guest ale.
davidashbee - 22 Jul 2005 22:19

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