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The Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay - pub details

Address: Combe Hay, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7EG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21445) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Oldfield Park (3 miles), Bath Spa (3.2 miles), Freshford (3.8 miles)

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A superb place to come on a fine summer day. The garden must rate second to none either sitting on the patio or in the large grassed area. Although the beer choice is still very limited, Butcombe or Butcombe this is a must place to come for the food even if it is a tad more expensive than your run of the mill pub. I have always found the service friendly and efficient. If you are looking for a drinking pub you might well be disappointed.
mangelwurzler - 28 Aug 2012 21:42
An attractive stone built pub in an idyllic country setting. Sitting on the terrace at the front of the pub, there is not another building to be seen, just rolling fields and trees. Certainly well worth stopping for a pint on a sunny afternoon. There is also further seating on two garden terraces below the patio.

Once inside though, you find that it’s very much a gastro-pub with limited seating for those wanting just a pint. There were a couple of stools at the bar, and a small snug at the front with two leather sofas. That aside, the place is very much geared up for diners and I suspect you’d be unwelcome sitting at any of the tables without eating. First impressions of the service were not good – I was stood at the bar for several minutes without any acknowledgement from the two barmaids. This, despite the fact that there was only one other punter at the bar - the second barmaid was presumably getting drinks for somebody at a table. After that things looked up though, and they were all helpful enough. The landlord in particular seemed friendly, and was interested in what we thought at the end of the evening. There was also a friendly dog wandering around, and whilst this might be fine in a pub, it seemed slightly less appropriate in what is effectively a restaurant, especially when he rests his head on your knee hoping for some titbits.

The main bar has striped pine flooring and whitewashed stone walls and white painted roof beams. A number of tables are arranged in front of the bar, on inlaid matting. A small dining room is off to the left as you come in, and a larger one round to the right. This had parquet wooden flooring, some large black wooden beams, aqua blue plasterwork, an unusual upright floor standing clock, a large collection of wooden bird houses in the window and some photographic art on the walls, much of it for sale. The harsh acoustics made it somewhat noisy as it started to fill up. The small snug at the front with the sofa’s had a flagstone floor and a large fireplace that had a few little candles at this time of the year, but plenty of logs were stacked up ready for the winter.

Food was very much of the gastro variety as expected, with starters being anything up to a tenner and mains in the £15 - £20 range. On top of this a small pot of greens was another £2.95. Overall the food was decent enough, but I’ve had better for less. Beers on tap were Butcombe and Butcombe Blond. Good choice of ciders though with Ashton Press, Cheddar Valley and the local Honey’s Midford Cider served straight from a barrel at the end of the bar.

A tricky one to mark this. Location would be 10/10, food maybe 7/10 but as a proper pub only about 4/10.
Blackthorn - 24 Jul 2011 16:50
As other's have commented - this is a Top Gastropub, Michelin rated etc.
So great food and not cheap - though compared to eating out in Bath not a rip off. The beer is ok and the beer garden is great - if we get the weather to enjoy it. Inside does feel more of a restaurant than a pub - but at the prices they charge that's fair enough. Well worth a visit.
MrBlue - 7 Jun 2011 17:26
Sadly stripped of its atmosphere by the current owner who is desperate to appeal to the middle classes with the decor and food. It seems to be working too, judging by my last visit. If you are plummy, prejudiced and don't mind being ripped off, this is the place for you.
Adreamofwhitehorses - 10 May 2011 17:25
The Wheatsheaf, like many others in the area outside Bath, was originally a basic country pub but was transformed into an out-and-out "gastropub" in a fairly recent makeover. The inside of the pub was given a refurbishment more suited to an urban wine bar and completely alien to the nature of the building. However, that said, it is still well worth a visit. It boasts a well-maintained and very extensive beer garden on several levels, a beautiful and very peaceful location and some reasonable beer and cider. The food is also very good, though expensive. In fairness to the management, they seemed to have done a slight rethink on the original interior image, and added some bar stools which go at least some way to reminding customers this isn't a restaurant. On my last visit Butcombe and Butcombe Blond were available as well as a local cider from Midford, but the pick of the bunch was the excellent Cheddar Valley cider. It's a bit of a trek to get there but worth the effort - however don't go there on a Sunday evening or anytime Monday - they aren't open for business.
MarinerBill - 31 Oct 2010 12:31

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