Coming out of lockdown #3, we want to support businesses that are local to Kingham Cottage. We can only begin to imagine how tough it has been complying with government guidelines. So it seems fitting that at this time, we recommend our favourite examples of the great British institution, the public house. This is is the first of several posts that will focus on supporting businesses local to Kingham Cottage. In no particular order …
The White Hart Inn at Widcombe
This welcoming pub boasts its claim to fame as ‘honest food at honest prices’. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere casual, beer is real and the locally sourced seasonal food never falls below the standard set by Rupert, Steve, Sam & Kirsty. The White Hart Inn is definitely on our list of favourite local pubs. The things we love about it are:
1. Its location – minutes away from the Kennet and Avon Canal.
2. Its Mediterranean inspired walled garden – lovely atmosphere daytime and evening.
3. Great food on offer .
It’s a great option to plan to stop here when you are near the end of the Bath Skyline, the walk we recommended earlier this month.
The Wheatsheaf at Combe Hay
This delightful public house, The Wheatsheaf is a country pub in the time-honored tradition. It’s a lovely place to eat, drink and sleep. And polite dogs are welcome too. (We love this qualification they use.) It is a ten-minute drive from the cottage down into the Midford Valley. They serve delicious food whilst you sit near roaring fires. From tasty roasts in the winter to local seasonal treats served in their fabulous outside seating area in the summer. Perfect!
The Wheelwrights Arms in Monkton Combe
Our regular readers might recall earlier this month that we mentioned our personal favourite, The Wheelwrights Arms on Church Lane, Monkton Combe. We mentioned it in reference to lovely countryside walks near Kingham Cottage. Pleasingly, the owners have made significant improvements to the outdoor seating area and a service hatch to the garden in light of Covid 19. There is a selection of circular walks that start from this delightful pub available via the village website.
The Malborough Tavern in Bath
Located in a beautiful spot just around the corner of The Royal Cresent you’ll find The Malborough Tavern. With home-cooked food, guest ales, and a warm, friendly welcome you are bound to love this pub as much as we do.
An independent South West pub group reopened The Bear five years ago. The group is known to have won awards along the way too. They focus on good food, good people, and good times; everything a neighbourhood pub should be. You can pop in for a pint or stay a little longer…
Which pubs would you recommend our visitors sample and why?
So there you have it. This is our list of favourite pubs that we recommend visitors to Kingham Cottage try out. We’d love to know what you think. Get in touch with your suggestions. We are keen to hear from you. We will share this post with all our cottage guests – carers and paying guests – so they can benefit from our local knowledge. It’s a small way to support businesses that are local to Kingham Cottage in Combe Down.