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The Battleaxes, Wraxhall - pub details


Address: Bristol Road, Wraxhall, Bristol, Somerset, BS48 1LQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 24667) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


Nearest train stations Nailsea & Backwell (1.8 miles), Shirehampton (4.4 miles), St Andrews Road (4.4 miles)

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Only had time for a quick pint of the excellent Flatcapper on a recent visit. Beautiful building, the interior reminds me of a hotel lounge bar from years ago, (and none the worse for that!). The sort of place you might take a foreign visitor to show them something a bit different. Reading about it's ups-and-downs I hope that this time it manages to prosper!
D_J_C - 9 Apr 2011 09:00
Itís great to see this historic old pub being given a new lease of life and re-opening. Years ago it was renowned for itís Sunday carvery, but since then has been on a long, slow decline. It was ďrescuedĒ a couple of years ago by an Indian couple who also ran a supermarket in Totterdown. Unfortunately it would seem that their business expertise didnít extend to running country pubs, and the inexorable decline continued, followed by itís inevitable closure. Itís now been bought by the guys behind the Lounge chain, plus the Castle at Bradford-on-Avon and another one that I havenít visited in Frome.

Itís a big old pub, mostly open plan but with several different areas. The main bar area is a good size and extends around the L-shape bar. Thereís dark wooden strip flooring, with a few areas of a natural slate type tile. Itís been painted in the (inevitable) gastro-pub green, and thereís plenty of mirrors and old photographs on the walls. Most of the seating is chunky tables and chairs giving a sort of farmhouse kitchen feel to the place, but thereís also a few comfy sofaís dotted around as well and a selection of board games. The lighting could either be described as atmospheric or dark, depending on your point of view. With no ceiling lights, the only illumination was from a few wall lights and the church candles on each table. Whilst this created a pleasant effect, I saw at least two punters who had to go and stand in the doorway to read their menu!

Thereís also a separate bar up a few steps which seems to be more geared up for eating. This has itís own bar area, although this did not appear to be open on our visit. The menu itself is a decent mixture of main courses, sandwiches, tapas and breakfasts (they are open from 10:00). If youíre familiar with the Lounge bars, youíre certainly recognise the tapas menu. On the whole we thought that the food was pleasant enough, although nothing special. My Chicken & Ham pie could have been a slightly more generous portion, and Mrs. Blackthornís curry could have been a little tastier. At around £9 each, we felt it perhaps a tad expensive for what we got, but not enough to put us off returning and trying something else.

Besides the food from the menu there were a few snacks behind the bar such as picked eggs, onions, gherkins and shallots. Even piccalilli. Iím used to the concept of pickled eggs in a pub as you just pop it in your packet of crisps, but what are you supposed to do with piccalilli? There were also a couple of sponges on the bar, and even packets of home made fudge! Future plans apparently include re-opening the downstairs bar, which will be solely for drinking (i.e.; no food served) and developing B&B accommodation upstairs.

Unusual choice of beers on offer, namely their own Flatcapperís Ale, Barbury Castle, Bristol Beer Factoryís Acer, Cheddarís Bitter Bully and Yeovilís Star Gazer. Ciders were Stowford Press and Orchard Pig.
Blackthorn - 18 Oct 2010 08:25
Massively improved pub. Just re-opened and what a change! Lovely redecoration job. Wooden floors, lots of mismatched furniture and scatter cushions for a homely effect. I particularly like the chunky candles on each table. We went on opening night and got free food and drink which was a bonus. Went back following Thursday and the place was pleasantly buzzing with happy people enjoying food and drink. Nice menu with old favourites and some slightly more adventurous items including their Grazing menu (basically tapas). Lots of car parking and plenty of staff. My new favourite pub.
Dusty_bluebells - 7 Oct 2010 14:11
Now closed for refurbishment by CAMRA award-winning Bristol based Pub Co Flatcappers. Set to re-open July/Aug '10.
aleisgood - 4 May 2010 21:57
Large sprawling building with equally large sprawling interior,Somewhat tired both in/out. Not much in the beer offerings and the real ale i had was on the cloudy side. The chef had been there some 29yrs,we tried the carvery as advertised for £4-95p, this is only for one meat selection though and, the choice was Pork/Beef/Turkey all were well cooked as was the veg these were spot on not under or over cooked liked most carveries. The hotplate was minimal but i suspect this was to reduce wastage and as we were the only ones in 1200 till 1310 probably a good move,Another plus was that although the building is large it was warm and inviting and the radiators were doing their part,unlike a few i could mention. A well cooked meal none the less.
james55westhead - 27 Nov 2009 05:53

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