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The Battle Axes, Wraxall - pub details

Address: Bristol Road, Wraxall, Bristol, Somerset

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 8471) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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Impressively restored by Flatcappers, this pub's clearly concentrating on its food offering. The company talks a good game, but more attention to the beer wouldn't go amiss - a recent Saturday lunchtime saw only the humdrum Wickwar-brewed house beer on, and over the course of several visits the ale quality has yet to rise above the ordinary.
WebelMC - 6 Mar 2012 12:11
Amazing! Visited on a Sunday after a heavy Saturday night. Fantastic staff (especially the girl behind the bar with the red coloured hair) who couldn't do enough for us - walked us all the way through the enormous pub to show us to the garden. Food was superb, large selection of well kept beers. We sat outside (to enable smoking of fags whilst reading the Sunday Times) and the waitresses came out four or five times to take our order, deliver the (excellent) food, see if everything was ok and then if we needed any more drinks! I was considering proposing to one of them at one point. Busy inside but every member of staff was smiling and helpful. Cannot recommend highly enough. Flatcappers - please renovate a pub near me!
michael_winner - 10 Aug 2011 10:37
Fair play, great to see this pub reopened and the significant investment in creating a loungey bar type restaurant set up.

Visited 5/11/10, 5 real ales on including Otter, Dark Hare and their own Flatcappers ale. Ale tasted good and drinks prices reasonable.

Most patrons were eating, and food coming out looked good. Tapas type stuff on the menu (3 dishes for £8.95), and lots of traditional fayre for around about a tenner a dish.

Left feeling unwelcome - bar man who was on 5/11/10 did not extend a welcome and said the bare minimum needed to serve on both visits to the bar. Overheard another party who had been dining who were unhappy about the way they were spoken to by waiting staff after they moved from the restaurant to relax in the bar with coffee.

Very disappointing that on this visit experience was that what is on the face of it is a slick set up for a country pub is let down by poor service that misses the basics of hospitality. I recommend the licensee does some mystery shopping of their pub to improve their delivery.
Dizco - 6 Nov 2010 11:14
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 although 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 - 30 Sep 2010 09:51
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

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