Candlelight Inn

4.4
203 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Worth the Drive
  • Cosy
  • Special Occasions
In the pretty village of Bishopswood, set in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, this is dairy country with lots of good local produce.

Mike, Simon and the team run this happy, vibrant country pub.

Flint walls, wooden floors and open fires
Gravity pulled beer, local ciders and good food served daily
Locals at the bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere
A blooming garden for barbecues and sunshine
Big dining room for private functions and larger parties
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
We are now open Mondays!
Lunch Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 14:00
Lunch Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30
Lunch Sunday: 12:00 - 14:00

Dinner Monday - Thursday: 19:00 - 21:00
Dinner Friday: 18:30 - 21:30
Dinner Saturday: 18:30 - 21:30
Dinner Sunday: 19:00 - 21:00
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Phone number
01460 234476
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Offers

Lunch special: 2 courses £15 & 3 courses £19

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 27 June 2018

Ends: 27 December 2018

Availability: Tue-Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:30

What 203 People Are Saying
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CP
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly and welcoming staff that couldn't have been any more attentive. Food Lovely and not slow in coming out either. Only downside for me is that I would have liked alternative potato options but other than that I could not fault it and will definitely be going back.

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TB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Rather disappointing. Rather pricey for what is essential Pub food. Strongly suggest you ask chef to provide thin chips (French fries) rather than, or as alternative, to soggy English chips.

Limited wine list...... limited essentially to new world wines.

Empty apero glasses remained on dining table until I had to ask for them to be removed. Not a lot of space on table for 2.

Everyone kept tripping over a dog in the walkway between 2 tables. No problem with dogs in pub but servers should have told owners to relocate the dog to another position .

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MH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've used this lovely pub several times and it never fails to impress me and my friends/family. Great atmosphere with lovely log fires relax you before being entertained with delicious food and wines/ beers.

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SW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch as ever. Friendly service and great food.

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a
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent sunday lunch and great value for money. Delicious!

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H
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I haven't eaten better beef anywhere, it was excellent, the decor very pleasant, the staff efficient and friendly, my only criticism was the choice of vegetables, I do love vegetables and as I am very well travelled I have dined in many countries but I never did work out what one certain vegetable was, it looked like rhubarb, I tried it as I don't like being beaten, I found it tough and had to leave it.

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RO
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a first date and she enjoyed the ambience and the great food 😊 thank you to all at the candlelight Inn for your hospitality and friendly service. I'll be sure to book up in the future, hopefully with the same girl haha

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DD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic country pub, always a friendly atmosphere and the food is fab!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We really like the ambience of this restaurant and despite our table being surrounded by families with young children, we had a lovely social time with our friends.

The wine was excellent and the food in general was good but the lamb and beef in our main course was cold. I love sprouts, and we always have our vegetables 'al dente', but unfortunately ours were as close to raw as they could manage.

We could have complained but that often ruins the overall success of the meal. We still like the place and would go again but it is hard to erase a negative memory. More effort is needed with the overall quality and particularly with the presentation of the food.

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OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely surroundings , excellent meal but very expensive especially the desserts

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a lovely time there, the food was delicious well presented, very attentive staff over all great experience.

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DT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a brilliant 60th Birthday. Food great,very good value. Food caters for most tastes. Warm cosy feel with very friendly staff . Wish we had. Pub like this near us.... give this pub a try you will definitely not be disappointed what a gem!!!!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff and food

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EF
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always our visit to The Candlelight was delightful with an innovative menu and fine wines.
This pub doesn't stand still!
See you soon :)

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SW
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual, Mike is a superb host and the food delicious

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M
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always have good time- food exceptional usually, but Sunday lunch Vegas were over cooked and rather meagre!! You were exceptionally busy though, and everything else was really good.

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P
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent Gastro pub perfect for special occasions

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KM
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten several times at Candlelight. In this part of Somerset there is not much choice and it is nice to have a good foody destination close at hand. The menu is varied and caters for most tastes. The food is good but fairly pricey - a two course dinner for 4 with a drink each, plus tip, came to £140. The service is good and ambience is cosy and comfortable

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SW
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty hard to write a review about one of my favourite restaurants in the West Country. Food always excellent, ambience superb, owner Mike a real gentleman. Will be celebrating my birthday there next week.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing. Food was beautifully presented and we were expecting it to taste better. We started off with the cod bites and stilton parfait, the parfait was nice but the cod bites were very chewy and cold. Main courses were pretty solid, I had the venison which was served a little rare for my liking but otherwise had good flavour, my wife had the polenta which was exceptional. Not sure how they cooked their cabbage but we both agreed it was some of the best we had tasted. Dessert was unfortunately another let down though, my wife had the poached pear which itself was nice but was overly covered in a very bitter chocolate sauce which completely hid the flavour of the pear, I had the treacle tart which honestly tasted more like pumpkin pie since it was very bland with no taste of treacle whatsoever, the marmalade it was served with was nice however. Service was rather slow, we were waiting around 20m after we had finished our meal for the bill and in the end I went up to the bar to get it myself. The house red wine was excellent and if the starters and desserts had been on par with the main courses we would have been a lot happier with the experience. Was not too impressed to find a dog in the restaurant area either, in the bar is fine but they shouldn’t be allowed where food is served. Overall the price of the food just didn’t match the quality.

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SN
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch. Starter of cod cheeks excellent. Venison sausages superb. Service friendly and efficient. Looking forward to our next visit in December.

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JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely local gastro pub which we visited 3 times in one week. Once as a couple and twice with friends. A lovely ambience with lit candles and a small but varied menu with local ingredients.

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D
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My second visit. Not disappointed. Delightful all round.

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M
Bath
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fabulous pub and food. Busy Saturday night bit slow taking our food order after our drink order.
Loved our meal and will recommend and we will go back and try a Sunday roast.

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DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We live locally and visit fairly often. The Candlelight is always excellent but on this occasion it surpassed itself. The new menu came out only a few days ago and it is a treat. Highly recommended.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always GREAT!
Never disappoints.
on all fronts, ie friendly staff, great tasting food, that is also well presented.

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G
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food. Mains were fab. One starter was a little small, literally two mouthfuls; albeit great flavours. Good service. Great decor. Will go again

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, just the ticket. Food excellent and service great too

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PC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always - have been on a number of occasions and have always been delighted with our meal- service and ambiance.

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M
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch. Good atmosphere and generally a very enjoyable time

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TW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent find!

Food was very good quality and excellent value. Wine was a bit pricey though, although it was a very good NZ Pinot Noir! Thanks for a great night.

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday meal and excellent service and warm welcome - would definitely return and recommend

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a pub with a difference, even in a market where the pub dining standard has been set very high.

We have eaten at some very good gastro pubs across the UK and the Candlelight Inn can definitely take its place amongst this select group. The dining area is simple and unfussy with a nice ambience. The staff are cheerful, polite and seem like the enjoy working there. The food is superb, too; fresh and tasty regional ingredients prepared and presented creatively. We loved our meal at the Candlelight and would highly recommend it. Try their very own Beau gin too!

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DR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was some of the best I have eaten. The tastes and the aunthenticity ( listed produce and suppliers ) were fantastic.

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EF
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch as always but extra special on this particular visit!

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KA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round. Great pub with great atmosphere and superb beers and food.

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M
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food, great wine and great service what more could you want!

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D
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive,cheerful ,very helpful and positive staff. Menu choices a little limited but meals well presented and tasty . Only disappointment was having to wait some ten minutes for dessert and having to ask the waitress if it was coming. Overall the food is very good and definitely a place to go if you are in the area .

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

There were 4 of us and 2 had the braised lamb shoulder which was dry. I had a fish special which was delicious and the 4th person had stuffed chicken which looked dry. Maybe they had an “off” night. We would try again.

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EM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at the Candlelight several times now and have never been disappointed.

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