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The Bird In Hand, Saltford - pub details

Address: 58, High Street, Saltford, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS31 3EJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 15036) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Keynsham (2.4 miles), Oldfield Park (3.9 miles), Bath Spa (4.9 miles)

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Crown, Saltford (0.3 miles), Riverside, Saltford (0.4 miles), Jolly Sailor, Saltford (0.6 miles), Old Crown, Kelston (0.9 miles), Swan Inn, Swineford (1.1 miles) - see more nearby pubs


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Been going here for years, always great food and beer, traditional village pub on the cycle path. You need to book for food but it's worth it. It's how a pub should be.
drg8844 - 30 Mar 2013 21:51
A very friendly welcome, as the previous reviewer noted. Gladly provided my wife an item off the lunch menu on a Friday evening, due to her dietary requirements. If you are going to eat here I recommend reserving a table, as it gets very busy. The menu might be a bit limited for some, but there is a 'specials' board, and the pub makes up in quality to what some may consider a lack of choice.

My Salmon in a saffron and seafood sauce off the 'specials' board was superb, and for desert the meringue is a fantastic way to round off the meal. Mains were roughly a tenner and the deserts were £4.50, pretty good value and quality food.

Now has Symonds Cyder on draught, went down a treat.
Beerbug - 8 Dec 2012 22:19
A very friendly welcome when we arrived which is very rare now a days.
Obv had a refit since i last went it and it looks super but still holds that village inn appeal to it.
Great food and lovely selection of beers on

nickster - 11 Jul 2012 14:21
A decent village pub without being exceptional. Popular, understandably because if its location by the river, when the weather is good.
16jamesdoc - 5 Jun 2012 10:36
A popular, traditional pub in the heart of the old village. There’s a single, good size “U” shape bar, and a pleasant conservatory with views over to the Kelston hills, although this is more geared up for dining.

The main bar is a reasonably cosy affair, with carpet throughout, bench seating around the perimeter and a selection of tables and chairs. Around the far side of the bar is a small fish tank, and another window to take in the views. There is also a fruit machine and a plasma which looked a bit out of place being tacked to the edge of the fireplace, although this was not in use on our visit. The walls are a mixture of exposed stone work and white plaster liberally decorated with pictures, plates, etc. The ceiling includes a few beams to complete the cosy pub feel.

Outside there’s a small terrace and a fair size beer garden. Although it’s not in view of the river like the other two nearby pubs, it is only a two minute walk away. The Bristol / Bath cycle path goes by the end of the car park, and there is also an entrance on to it. A convenient half-way point to stop for a pint if you’re out for a bike ride. There is also a Pétanque pitch and there are regular club meetings apparently.

There is a decent looking pub grub menu, and a couple of specials chalked up on a board. There was a good choice of food from light bites to more substantial main meals. I tried a cheese and ham omelette which was substantial and very pleasant. There was also a good selection of deserts chalked up on boards, as well as a selection of wines by the glass. Staff seemed friendly and helpful.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar, Butcombe, Courage Best and London Pride. I also spotted an Otter delivery van in the car park, so I guess that’s coming soon. Ciders were all from the Thatcher’s stable with their Ashton Press, Gold and Dry.

All in all this is a decent pub, and it was good to see it busy on a wet midweek lunchtime. My only criticism would really be the fact that whilst I was waiting to be served, the staff all seemed busy dealing with food orders and making coffee. Not a problem in itself, as I said it’s good to see them busy, but some form of acknowledgement rather than just leaving me standing at the bar would have been good. That’s a miner gripe though, this pub is well worth a visit.
Blackthorn - 15 Feb 2011 16:53

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