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Placed is closed and gone forever.

Not surprised really.
montie49 - 25 Nov 2018 10:54
Have heard that The Burtle has closed but I have not confirmed this at time of writing. If this is the case, we are not surprised at all as a) beer was far too expensive and b) most of the times we went in not only were there no other customers present ( and I mean proper drinkers, not transient scoffers), but no staff either, despite much coughing and rattling of money on bar. As long serving CAMRA members, and locals too, this is a real shame, but, closed or not, The Burtle has has all the chances we're prepared to give it.
rioathmusV - 15 Nov 2013 21:40
Go to the Burtle Inn, Catcott Rod, Burtle, Somerset, if you have lots and lots of time on your hands and have sufficient patience to wait for your supper. Service is polite but slow - and when I say slow, I mean very slow; even when the main restaurant was empty and the middle bit only had one other diner. That should have told us something about the place, since we visited on Saturday night and the place looked quiet. So a good choice if you like to take your time and have the pick of where to sit. As for the food, well it wasn't that special. The deal breaker was that they messed up the order, brought out the wrong food (after nearly an hour of waiting) and the owner offered 10% off for his mistake. After some heated discussion with his put upon front of house staff, he conceded to 20% off the price of that item - a discount of 2.10 begrudgingly given to make up for his mistake! So I give one for the front of house service but nothing for the rest of the experience of eating in the Burtle Inn.
happyfoody - 7 May 2012 17:23
Left this review after seeing some less enthusiastic comments posted but we visited twice recently and have nothing but good experiences to report. Atmosphere was what you would want from a good local - roaring fire, old stone floors etc - cheerful locals and staff including visitors in chat. Staff welcoming, efficient and helpful. Food as good as most, good portions and pretty much on par with others locally for price. Some other comments seem intent on splitting hairs in order to paint a bad picture... e.g. As we understand it the pub doesn't brew its own cider nowadays - but it sends its own apples to a local cider maker who then sends a pretty decent cider back to the pub. One person's "dark" is another person's "characterful and cosy". And as for the complaint that they put kidney beans in the chilli - well... Just wish we had a local this pleasant.
Silentminority - 4 Apr 2012 22:14
Made a return to this hostelery after a long abscence, looks just the same, saw no physical changes ie. fresh paint etc. saw what was a few in the restaurant part, mothers day I suspect. looked like a few clicky types in one corner. Didn't even hear any semblence of friendliness, was a them and us situation. as I placed my empty glass on the bar, not even a thank you or goodbye. Place looked shabby and unclean. My pint of spitfire was almost flat even from the hand pull and tasted none to good
james55westhead - 18 Mar 2012 17:34
I won't mention enviromental health!! That should say it all
blondebomb - 5 Jan 2011 19:33
I thought this pub was excellent, great beers and ciders on offer, food all fantastic quality and servings that nearly killed me! The staff were all very friendly and the open fires were extremely welcome after the cold wet walk! Would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area!
greenlivingtim - 22 Nov 2010 00:03
I registered for this forum to provide my opinion about this pub not to slate other peoples opinions
Anyway I had a Sunday roast the meat was not over cooked , Yorkshire puds light and crispy with excellent gravy and veg. The hospitality was warm and friendly I would highly recommend this pub.
blodwyn - 20 Nov 2010 19:21
I'm afraid this is my first review as well, so I expect you will disregard it too?

Fantastic pub with exceptional staff. I wish it was my local. I had some really good food there - the quality of the meat was excellent, the portions generous and the beer was good too. Plus some proper open fires and tea made with real leaves (not bags). I couldn't have asked for more!!!!
var - 18 Nov 2010 22:10
skinnyed has made one comment about a pub on BITE, and that was it.
Need I say more?
I think not.
The_Final_Arbiter - 14 Nov 2010 21:18
I don't understand the previous reviews - they must have been about a previous ownership. I've just come back from my 30th birthday party in the area after seeing the starling phenomenon. The Burtle looked after 15 of us for two lunches and a big dinner, and were absolutely wonderful. They really looked after us, and were loads of fun.

I don't understand the previous price comment. Ok the prices were relatively high, but that's just because the quality is really high? And we got exactly what we expected! So the food was really good value - wonderfully large portions of some really good hearty flavours - perfect for the pretty bitter starling weather, and there were some good deals. And the cheaper bar snacks were top notch too.

The decor was everything I want from a pub - log fires, flagstone floors, candles, rustic furniture. None of the posh rubbish - but then I'm biased I like the school - the way it feels like it always was.

I don't often give things a 10, but these guys looked after us so well (Billy especially) I find myself reaching for an 11. I realise I sound like a phony commenteer in saying that, but I don't care. We all had a superb time, and I think it would be a real shame if the previous comments put anyone off. This place is great! Thanks guys!!
skinnyed - 14 Nov 2010 17:37
I forecast this place will cease as a pub, and the whole plot will become a small housing estate. That's the only way that Chris (owner) will regain some of his money, unless of course, he just ends up bankrupt. Neither would surprise me.
The_Final_Arbiter - 29 Mar 2010 22:50
I probably shouldn't be complaining about the price of water on this site, but 5.50 for a bottle of mineral water. I've paid a lot less in well known (and rated) Central London eateries. Stick to the beer!

Food is of variable/indifferent quality: drive on to Catcott!

Pub is up for sale and as the asking price is forced down by lack of interest, prices to the punter are forced up.
Old_Todger - 29 Mar 2010 22:33
Toldya! Utter shite.
The_Final_Arbiter - 27 Sep 2009 21:50
We found this pub only by accident as we managed to get very lost!!!!
Looks lovely from the outside!! Different story when you walk in. Its very dull and dark. We asked to see the menu and we were handed a fist full of printed papers. There must of been at least 5 different menus not including the black boards around the bar. My husband ordered the Stilton Ploughmans at 9.00!! it consisted of a large amount of stilton a leap salad garnish and some onions in a jar which were clearly fermenting. We asked for more onions to which the waiter replied thats all we have and the chef said they were ok. I had the Chilli which was clearly just a cooking sauce I had a job to find any meat but I would say if you like Kidney beans then go for it. I must have had at least 10 in ever spoonful!! Not impressed,
travelchick - 25 Sep 2009 18:45
"Sells its' own cider made from the apple trees behind the pub - probably one of the last pubs in England to do this."

Really? Where did this piece of information originate? Here in Somerset, there are several such establishments.
I'm 99.9% certain that the Brutal Inn doesn't make its own cider, though.
The_Final_Arbiter - 2 Jun 2009 23:12
Over priced and poor service. Shame as actual pub has character
pal2 - 1 Jun 2009 11:59
Have visited this pub on several occasions over the past year or so, and ,everytime you can gaurantee to see/find fault..Went for the carvery once,only to find there was little or nothing left,so opted for the other menu,This was slow service and,overpriced child sized portions on arrival.Previous meals were of similar vain..I was chased round the pub once and asked for the drinks money although i had paid.Luckily i had kept the receipt that they are fond of handing out..I could go on...Passed the other day and, saw Tapas signs displayed outside..says it all,not to mention i was given a Flyer "Eat as much as you like" The original and best in Somerset..Are those pink elephants flying passed..Pub Food conoisseurs should try the Packhorse at Mark..Drinkers what about Eli,s Huish episcopi for old world charm..and local brews.I shall continue to drive past...
james55westhead - 20 Apr 2009 08:18
Sells its' own cider made from the apple trees behind the pub - probably one of the last pubs in England to do this. Very good cider, too. The food was a bit out of my price range. Provided camping in the orchard, so after drinking some of last years crop then slept it off under next years'.
jgurney1 - 21 Sep 2008 12:17
Perhaps we should keep this one a well kept secret but felt the previous comments needed to be updated. This is a good old fashioned pub with a great atmosphere and superb 'proper' food - not the processed c..p served by many now a days. Well worth a visit.
macali - 30 Aug 2008 21:56
sorry Woppit...this place is a shambolic rip-off.
ale over-priced hugely and not too well presented.

food looks typical pub-menu fare...nowt special.
alehouses - 7 Mar 2008 09:57
I keep tryig to give this pub the benefit of the doubt as its really quite nice inside... log fire, cosy etc... but the truth is, the food is AWFUL and everything VERY EXPENSIVE !! Sunday carvery last week - appalling. At around 15 for 2 courses you expect something edible in this area (back of beyond !!) The meat is ok, the veg terrible. Overcooked and lack of choice, and the sweet trolley, well, I would not feed it to my dog (and he eats anything!) The other (many) menus offer a vast array of dishes, and I have never experienced an edible one. Cheerful services from the kids.
redgoblin - 14 Jan 2008 17:52

This pub is amazing - it makes the Halfway house at Pitney look like a motorway greasy spoon!!

Unbeleievably wide range on the menu, good beer, and nice staff!

It has internet access for villagers and a post office and sells stuff. It doesnt just serve people from outside, but gives back to it's village. What pubs should do but never do.

All in all it kicks sum serious ass!!!
Woppit - 29 Dec 2006 18:00
Been sererval time enjoyed a good choice of home cooked food ( not the norm. out the freezer pub grub).
Fantastic carvery, well priced,(and no aunt bessys or bisto!!!!) Get loads of food for money.
Evan squeeze o/ and grapfruit as u wait.

Great for family, relaxed, no rules, huge log fires

Well done for meeting the modern world of dinning out - were have you been!
anonymous - 27 Nov 2006 23:46
All style, no substance.

On the strength of a pleasant hour supping London Pride on a Sunday lunchtime, we booked
to come back the following week for lunch.

Quite possibly the worst pub lunch I have had in recent years. Admittedly it was from the dreaded carvery, but my wife's salad wasn't, and what wasn't limp and lifeless was brown and mouldy.

Poor quality and expensive to boot.


philb999 - 1 Aug 2006 13:12
Popped in on Sunday 14th May for a quick pint. This place has always been dear but I couldn't believe my ears when the barmaid asked for 2.90 for a pint of Wolvers Ale (a local brew, 4.1%, nothing special!). That's dearer than most places I've been to in London. An absolute disgrace; needless to say I shan't be back. Avoid like the plague!
somertel - 16 May 2006 12:54

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