The Packhorse Inn

4.5
176 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
In May 2016 the community of South Stoke was presented with the opportunity to bring the Packhorse pub back under local ownership. The response to the scheme was overwhelming, and in March 2018, this C17th building – the sole pub in the village of South Stoke re-opened as a Freehouse, with all its original character in tact.
We serve beautiful fresh food from a state of the art kitchen from a team of chefs with a great pedigree in cooking. Our menu is made up of great British classic dishes and some with more modern twists, seasonality and simplicity is the theme, we are perfect for lunch dinner and special occasions.
Our fully landscaped garden shows off some stunning views of this quite wonderful countryside, truly breathtaking.

Parking at the pub and in the village is quite limited but there is a lovely short walk into the village from the main Midford Rd
If you have any trouble booking please feel free to give us a call and we'll do what we can to help.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday:
9.30am - 11pm
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Phone number
01225 830300
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very good pub food, creative vegetarian choices which worked well for our mixed group lunch some wanting snacks (sandwiches) others something more substantial. Very busy

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JL
Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed an exceptionally tasty Sunday lunch with friends. Menu was imaginative and appealing. We had three courses, and the quality - and quantity - of every dish was excellent. Young staff were very pleasant and efficient. We love the simple, original appearance and ambiance of the old 'public' bar (on the right of the entrance), but on a chilly day it did feel a bit cheerless as the fire didn't seem to be throwing out much heat. Some customers even made use of the blankets provided! (presumably for outdoor use). There were a couple of large-ish groups dining in the room at the same time, and their conversation made it hard to hear at times, which can often be a problem in rooms with no soft furnishings to absorb the sound. But these minor complaints would certainly not deter us from visiting again. The Packhorse is a real gem. Heartily recommended!

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AA
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub reopened this year in the next village from us, highly recommended for morning coffee, lunch and dinner as well as a quiet pint in a cosy bar with an open fire or a sunny garden with lovely rural views. James and his team are very welcoming and it is comfortable and stylish but not stuffy - food always top notch - and a good stop off from lots of decent local walks

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

Great Sunday lunch and the food was superb for a pub. Our booked table for two was upstairs with a family with lots of noisy kids but they accommodated our request for a quieter table and moved us downstairs. Love that it is community operated and a great institution to support. Highly recommend.

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CJ
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find just outside of Bath. I could not recommend the restaurant more, a perfect quaint quint-essential British pub with amazing pub food.

It is worth the 10min drive from Bath into the beautiful rolling countryside. It was the highlight of our trip!

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LF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub in a great setting, excellent food, good value for money and nice friendly staff

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s
Bath
19 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing community pub/restaurant on the southern edge of Bath. It really needs to be supported.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us all had fish and chips for lunch. All thought it was very good with one declaring it the best fish and chips she has ever had.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Gorgeous village pub - visited for Sunday lunch booked a while in advance and was not disappointed! Food delicious and good portions. Friendly welcome. Lovely open fireplaces and original decor. Great atmosphere - it’s clear the locals love it. Plenty of nearby walks across fields with guides you can pick up inside. Would absolutely recommend.
On the downside, parking is a minor issue but we did eventually find some around the parish. Service slightly to be desired but friendly enough!

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M
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time had here with Mrs B. Cosy with good quality food well served in a relaxed smart but unpretentious environment. Will definitely come back.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service not great as the guy who was serving us had a continuous sniff when taking orders & serving . It slightly put us off our food. Also the lighting was dipped so much we couldn't see our food

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PC
Berkshire
157 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent local pub with super service and very nice ambience in old pub building

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YJ
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Verging on the expensive but excellent atmosphere, service & food. Menu perhaps a little limited.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was recommended to us by locals. Really pleased they did. We were lucky to get a parking space in the car park. The lovely smell of the wood fire greeted us when we arrived, along with the friendly staff who seated us upstairs. It was a Wednesday night and we had booked, although didn't realise it was quiz night. At first we were the only ones in the upstairs room and it was easy to talk and be heard. Once the dining room had other people the notice bounced off the walls, floors and tables and it was hard to hear each other. However the food was excellent. I had the pork belly and every mouthful on the plate was wonderful and tasty. It was beautifully presented and portion size was good.
My colleague and I will be in the area again next summer and will definitely return.

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AB
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful country pub in lovely setting. Very friendly staff. Delicious comfort food. Real fire. Hope no body reads this because it’s a real find!

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FP
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable food, well cooked and presented and excellent value for money

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GO
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A really good village pub. Good and attentive service in a welcoming and attractive setting.
Thank you.

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j
Bath
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely old building (and garden) with dining downstairs (I think) but mostly upstairs. The food was good but one criticism, the drinks took quite a while to arrive. Hint to future upstairs diners, order your drinks when you are downstairs and take them up with you!

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for the 'steak night' which is on every Tuesday. Very good value for two perfectly-cooked-to-order steaks, chips and salad with two glasses of wine. My partner also had a pint of Butcombe which he announced was the perfect pint, well stored and well served, which looked 'a picture' with the roaring log fire visible through the glass!

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s
Bath
20 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time we’ve been for sunday lunch and it was everything we expected. perfect after a dog walk! only thing i’d change is a yummy winter pudding option to top off the lunch

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G
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great to see The Packhorse back on its feet again. The restoration of this historic pub has been beautifully judged and our family Sunday Lunch was a delight. The story of the local community coming together to rescue the place is inspiring to read as well. Will definitely go again.

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LM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed a good lunch and love the pub - only gripes - our waiter forgot to bring side order, and our table was squashed up at end of upstairs dining room such that, with three of us, we had to sit in an L shape,rather than across our table. Another time, I shall need to phone a booking in to check where table is.

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JH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I love the Packhorse but the food can vary. It has a great menu but many of the items I like are no longer on the menu. Sadly the chicken I had yesterday was beautifully cooked but the over all dish with the leeks and potatoes puree was dull. However the Pannacota with blackberry compote pudding was OUTSTANDING. The Aranchinni which I had on a previous visit was the best I had every eaten as was the Pig Cheek starter. So, I am left in a quandary about the food. Overall I do endorse it for being adventurous and interesting and for offering some standard fare but would LOVE to see more of the type of food I ate on my first visit. More support for the outstanding chef and the offer of a 2 course or 3 house weekly menu, which I understood they do but wasn't available this time as it was a Monday I think would have been welcome. Stay up there Packhorse, don't slip, keep going as wonderful to have you around the corner and a joy to take friends to.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Arrived on a sunny Autumn afternoon for Sunday lunch. Delicious parmesan and egg tart for starters. My roast beef was perfectly cooked, big slices covered in gravy which melted in the mouth. Complemented by the cauliflower cheese, perfectly cooked veg and topped with a crispy Yorkshire pudding. Didn't wantit to end!!
First time visit, walked from Combe Hay to the pub and will be making this a regular visit. Bravo everyone x

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P
Bath
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location with great views. Dog friendly. Helpful staff and great service. Nice food. Lovely ambience. What more could we ask for. Thank you

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SM
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday roast, great service, beautiful building and scenery. We will be back.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the meal - good atmosphere and good food.

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D
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful spot, brilliant restoration. Good food, tranquil and friendly atmosphere.

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c
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good value for money. Nice atmosphere , good food, beautiful old house. Wonderful to see how people can get together to save an old building from being transformed in flats, keeping its original purpose: to be a pub!!!

We joined a "Pub Choir" night and that was good fun! We will definitely go back!

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DJ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable dinner. Nothing at all to fault on the food or wine. This was quality in a historic yet sympathetically modernised building that lies in a really lovely village setting. Delightful service from the young men in charge on the night. We look forward to going back

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LG
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely mid week lunch with friends. Food was freshly cooked and very good value. Not a huge menu but we saw that as a positive as every dish was extremely tasty and very well executed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We booked for the Supper Club which started late because of the last pair. However, the company was good and the food was worth waiting for. The crab dish was a bit ordinary, everything else was outstanding

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TQ
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

the 5 of us had roast beef for Sunday lunch ..... the beef was just not cooked properly .... my husband valiantly chewed his way through most of it but it was a pitiful sight .... not going to have beef there again!!!
Veg was lovely though ... would have complained at the time but, my parents, being very old fashioned said that I shouldn't "make a fuss"!

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NL
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely place but take warm clothing during the coolest months.

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JH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue - great food especially the Arancini - which sadly wasn't on the menu last week. However the Duck with Bean cassoulet was absolutely delicious. Great very friendly service and a delicious sparkling white to start.

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J
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, beautifully presented.
Please get an exterior light so we can find a way out in the dark.

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N
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I have been going to the Packhorse for nearly 50 years. It is a good pub still.
Now I would like to stop making reviews every time I go back here.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Set in a beautiful garden, the mellow stone pub is 400 years old and brimful of character. It’s a community pub, and they raised £1,000,000 to resurrect this beauty - it shows in the quality of the fittings and authentic design. Packed with locals, the landlord & staff were friendly, my only gripe that £12 for a salad with lettuce, tomato, ‘heritage carrots’ and (a little bit of mozzarella) was a bit steep. I am coeliac, so have to go gluten-free and two of the four mains were fishy, so I didn’t have much choice. That said it was a very tasty salad!

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CW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food. Very attentive and courteous staff. Made to feel valued. Nice beers.

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c
Bath
28 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not the greatest start & not very welcoming. We booked online with Opentable specifically requesting a garden table for Saturday lunch with visiting friends. On arrival we were told that they did not reserve garden tables & had one inside for us. It was a lovely day so it was not what we were looking for - no mention of this online & no reply to my email to advise me of this. Loitered in the garden & got a table but this may not have been the case if it had been 1pm instead of 2pm.
There were quite a few staff members but it was very much self service & constantly chasing our food. Two bowls of olives took 30 mins & this seemed to delay the food by another 30 mins. Food was soso, fish & accompaniments tasty but batter was very hard. The open ravioli was veg with a sheet of pasta over it - told it had good flavour but did not present well.
Left around 15.15 as our table, & those around us, were not cleared & whilst we stacked our plates etc. flies/wasps were becoming a problem. No offer of desserts or coffee.

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