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Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead

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I certainly don't agree with Big Robbo... We stayed for a week in Ringstead in July 12 and visited 3 times... Landlady was very friendly, food was excellant (try the gourmet burger) and had Woodfordes Wherry & Once Bittern as well as Adnams beers. The pub is a delight, having both a nice restaurant but rustic bar area. We were also lucky enough to see the ashdown forest morris men here on one leg of there 2012 Norfolk tour - A perfect quintissential English scene. Apparently this is the only pub in England called the "Gin Trap"...
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 1 Aug 2012 13:53
Called in for lunch after a 7 mile walk around the local countryside and found this place the perfect refuelling spot. A nice pint of Woodforde's Wherry and generous portions of really well prepared food soon replaced the lost calories. The landlord and his wife were friendly and helpful. The only problem was the bar was a tad on the chilly side. Otherwise, a really good place.
priestleysj - 6 Mar 2012 14:29
Maybe they don't like summer! Visited for lunch in September. Staff were freindly, beer was well kept and the food very good. I'd go again
blokeonabike - 18 Sep 2009 11:37

My family and I are staying in Ringstead for a week in October so we had a daytrip up to have a look around. After a 2.5 hour drive up we found the lovely cottage that we would be staying at and then headed to the local pub for a beer and a bite, "The Gin Trap"....... A big disapointment, not very welcoming and the Lady boss had the hump and it seems an attitude problem to tourists !!!!

So we won't be back for a pint or more in October, BUT, found a lovely pub in Holme next the sea called, "The White Horse" who could not have been more welcoming and served delicious food at great prices and some great guest ales, and only a mile and a half from Ringstead.

So do yourselves a past "The Gin Trap" and head to "The White Horse" at Holme Next the sea.

BigRobbo - 9 Aug 2009 12:11
This pub was very disappointing. The staff don't know how to deal with complaints. I was served a beefburger which was raw inside, although I had ordered medium. When I mentioned it to the lady who took my money, she said that she had asked me whether the food was OK and I had said yes. I explained that had been before I had cut into the burger, and that it wasn't appropriate to ask whether the food is OK before I had even tasted it. She didn't even apologise. The beer was OK though!
Tippler07 - 18 Apr 2009 10:59
Visited this pub over the Easter Holidays 2009. The food was very tasty and the ale, Woodforde's Wherry, was really nice. They had another ale on, and it was either Abbot's or Adnam's, I can't remember which. The pub itself was beautiful - a very traditional country pub built of stone with an old fashioned latched wooden door. There is a 'modern' restaurant extension at the rear. The staff were attentive, but not intrusive. I would visit again for food and drink.
generalstaal - 14 Apr 2009 19:14
It was pleasant enough in the late seventies!
Firedrake - 23 Jan 2009 16:42
One of the nicest meals in a lovely part of the countryside that I have come across. Friendly staff, terrific food (in generous portions) and very reasonable. I hope they keep this up: we'll certainly be back.
reaton - 2 Sep 2007 19:34
AA Pub of the Year?! Hmmm not sure about that. Makes you wonder really. The food and service was good, but the menu was very limited indeed. The restaurant is in a an awful conservatory with harsh lighting and was full of kids on a Saturday night. No atmosphere whatsoever and really nothing remarkable at all.
nicgooner - 23 Aug 2007 12:29
This pub offers nothing but high prices & small servings.
My daughter sent her so called "Rissotto" back to the kitchen only to have it returned to table by the "Chef" ?? with a comment of "Thats the way it should taste" so much for the customer always being right!!!!
My daughter lived and attended cookery school in Italy for 6 months and makes excellent rissotto.
The Gin Trap is Generally poor value for money

Shep - 1 Jul 2007 19:14
this premises changed hands in late 2006 i think the staff has changed too not sure,everyone there seemed friendly to me..
pubfinder098 - 30 Nov 2006 20:35
the aussie tosser who works there is actually from new zealand
anonymous - 8 Oct 2006 09:50
Due to Prescott's expansion of the South-East, this pub is now in north London. At least judging by the prices it must be. Yet another Norfolk village pub lost to the la de da i've got a chelsea tractor tossers. Still top quality though.
anonymous - 14 Aug 2006 15:45
To the anon person who left comments about my wife and I being whingers - being felt to be made uncomfortable at this pub before I even had a chance to open my mouth to order is going some don't you think! are you the owner by any chance or the Aussie tosser who works there!
SDE - 28 Oct 2005 15:02
SDE - You are talking complete squit. We were there the other day and not only were we given a warm welcome but the family next to us also were. The food is top quality and there's always a decent pint of Wherry on so what more do you want? If you never walk through the door again than we know it will be even better since that's one less whinger at the bar. Obviously the staff spotted you a mile off.
anonymous - 24 Sep 2005 08:46
Went to this pub with my wife for lunch. WHAT A MISTAKE you could feel the lack of friendly atmosphere straight as you got through the door and it did not a take long to find out why. The australian barman had the biggest attitude problem I have ever known. No cheery smile or please or thank you just this I am the main man look on his face and the rest of the staff were not much better (especially his gigglehead sidekick). We had one drink and left not before I saw a family leave in disgust at the crap reception they got when they walked in. I think the owner needs to employ new staff or their clientele will diminish rapidly.
We have never felt so uncomfortable in a pub.We were made to feel like second class citizens. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE.
SDE - 19 Sep 2005 09:18
The Gin Trap was always a popular pub in a charming village, but in recent years was looking tired and the food adequate but nothing special. Since Mr & Mrs Greer have taken it over it has improved immensely. They have given it a total makeover but still kept the traditional feel in the bar, serve great beer and have kept the support of their locals which is always a good sign. There are three stylish bedrooms for B & B with superb large ensuites and having stayed there twice this year I can highly recommend them. The food is excellent. A new young chef has created a very interesting menu which changes weekly, using local suppliers, farms etc including organic produce. For us it is a must when visiting Norfolk!
Pat (from Kent) - 29 Sep 2004 10:43
Recently changed hands and been taken over by the owner of art gallery next door, which is cool as he's a very pleasant chap. Used to a bit naff, with loads of objects on display, and the largest display of 'do not...' signs ever. Much improved, and the beer is still excellent.
pete - 21 Oct 2003 12:07

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