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Old Down Inn, Chilcompton - pub details

Address: Emborough Crossroads, Emborough, Chilcompton, Somerset, BA3 4SA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 38632) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 6.5/10 (rated by 6 users)
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user reviews of Old Down Inn, Chilcompton

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Visited last week in the afternoon whilst staying in the campsite opposite, and at first we thought it was just a hotel untill we found the bar. There were three beers on offer Taylors, Butcombe and Bass served straight from the barrel as well as Broadoak "Chedddar Valley" cider and during my stay I sampled them all and found them to be in good condition. We also dined there a couple of nights and found the food to be excellent and good value.

What made the visits even more enjoyable was the efficency and friedliness of the staff and the locals who spoke to us immeadieatly and made us feel at home. On both nights we visited the bar and resturant were busy and was very popualr with the locals. So thanks to Maxine, staff and customers.
ajon - 19 Sep 2011 22:17
Visted with the family end of May 2011, while staying at the caravan site opposite. VERY welcoming and friendly, with quite a few locals at the bar at 6:30 midweek. We sat and ate in the restaurant area which became quite busy before we left. Four of us (two children) had four different dishes, and four plates were cleared. I asked for my steak to be as blue as allowed, and it was a good rare steak.
More importantly, the Butcombe was good, evidenced by my wife joining me in a second pint.
FWandCo - 7 Jun 2011 20:57
I say what I see, and merely reported my own experience.
The fact that yours differs from my own, can only be good.
I shall try again when I'm close by.
The_Final_Arbiter - 27 Sep 2009 09:37
I've only pitched up at this place once so far, but I am somewhat surprised to find such a negative appraisal of it on this site.

The building is both capacious and charming; one could be forgiven for assuming it is a hotel upon entering, as one has to find one's way through a rather grandiose lobby to the bars at the rear. The impression I got was that it is kept well and is clean, despite the amount of housekeeping it must require.
There were 4 cask ales on, all drawn direct from the cask on stillage. My choices also included Butcombe and I found it in perfectly acceptable form, as was the New Forest Ale. I also visited the solids menu and found a good variety of dishes on offer; all sounded very tempting actually. Plumped for the belly pork which although on initial inspection appeared to have been over-cooked, actually was nice and tender, with a tasty ring of crackling! Vegetables of various types were brought forth, and all were soft but with some bite - the way I like them. My friend partook of fish pie and was most impressed.
This was all framed by extremely friendly and efficient service from all staff; particularly the comely Maxine, who appears to be the nearest person behind the bar to a landlady, and who assisted willingly in getting a car moved outside that had blocked my exit. She seemed to be well-known and loved by the locals - and there were many: the place was near-empty upon our arrival at 7 on a Saturday but by 9 every dining table was full, so presumably they must be doing something right?

All in all a good all-round performance for me, and worthy of investigation by those who might be looking for sustenance while travelling around Bath and its environs. I hope that future visitors find my version of events to be more representative than that of the previous commentator - who perhaps might not live up to his name?!
TWG - 22 Sep 2009 12:38
I visited this establishment with my wife recently, and we decided to have some solids. My wife had a passable ham salad (Nice ham, poor salad). I opted for a steak, and had the option of new potatoes, chips or saute potatoes, and I chose the last option. The steak was overdone, and tough. The mushrooms were either recycled or over-microwaved, and the potatoes were yesterday's (Sunday) roast spuds recycled as sauteed potatoes. My wife had a soft drink, which, she informs me, was in perfect condition. My pint of Butcombe was definitely the worst I have ever tasted.
The_Final_Arbiter - 26 Jun 2009 00:16

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