The Packhorse Inn

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222 reviews
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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.
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GP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The kitchen was apparently in chaos on Saturday. They served an extra starter which we had not ordered. We were told our mains were ready at the same time as the starters but could be kept warm. We waited a long time for the mains which had then been re-cooked. One main did not arrive until about 10 minutes after the rest. We had to wait a long time for our wine. The waitress did apologise profusely.

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SC
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed pub as a pub should be, delicious food and friendly staff !

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OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant Sunday lunch

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FC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I was a little disappointed with choice of food on menu. I don't eat fish so chose the burger which came with chips. I asked if there was a side salad (happy to pay for it), but the only salad they offered was one of lettuce, which was already in the burger.

When burger arrived it had fries, not chips which I appreciate is a small thing, but had menu stated fries I would have asked to change to chips. My friend had the steak which was good, but again came with very little veg and he asked for chips, not fries but still got fries.

Unfortunately noise levels were quite high as we had a table of 8 near us who all insisted on talking very loudly. This was not the pubs fault, but annoying all the same. We really enjoyed this venue last time we came, but not sure we will be going back, especially as menu price are slightly higher than average

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MK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, very friendly and chatty. The food was delicious and huge portions. Loved the atmosphere and the fact it was a community pub with its individuality. We will be returning ( soon I hope).

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JV
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Packhorse in its new guise has migrated towards being a gastropub rather than a "local", but is obviously a hub and a focus for SouthStoke. It is better appreciated on a sunny day with access to the garden. Careful management means that it is often full but never crowded. It is always welcoming. I don't have to recommend it to friends - they ask to be taken there!

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AH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been my favourite pub for over 20 years, and now that it has been reborn, it is better than ever. Great food, fantastic authentic character, and close enough to walk to across the fields. Perfection!

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g
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend from Cambridge and l both had the most delicious hake and mussels with fennel on a bed of barley...out of this world. One of if not the best pub meal I've ever had!

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LC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I was disappointed with the menu selection. This is a well loved country pub that should service pub food not posh nosh. My meal was expensive for one parsnip one potato and small amount of meat.
Service was slow.
Unfortunately we sat in a room with no ambiance which struck cold. So my husband and I left as soon as we finished our meal which didn't take long.

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CS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly and the food was delicious! Great lunch, thank you

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HJ
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good, but took a long time. We booked a table for 8o’clock, arrived and had a drink in the bar at 7.45, were seated at 8.15, ordered at 8.30. We were told our main course choice would take 40 minutes to cook- we were happy with that. Starters arrived at 8.50, but our main course didn’t arrive until 9.50!! Our host apologised & said he would take one bottle of wine off the bill, but we were very disappointed with the long wait

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S
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Delightful spot; friendly and welcoming service although the food was a bit slow to arrive. When it came it was delicious. Would definitely go again.

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AW
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Will definitely visit again. Good atmosphere.

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IM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch with family members. The room felt cosy and welcoming, food was good, a little more expensive than similar pub lunches but very enjoyable.

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P
Bath
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere was good - the epitome of an English pub. Service was also adequate although a little familiar to 79 year old like me; I am not used to being referred to as 'guys'. But this was let down by the food. I had chicken leg terrine to start which lacked flavour. I followed with roast loin of pork which was a thick slab of pork with chewy crackling. My son had the rump of beef which he found tough. Our other guests had fish and chips which again lacked flavour. If you can get the food right you will have a very successful pub

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GR
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We love the pub's atmosphere and the staff were very friendly. Nice open log fires. The food was expensive and disappointing. The curry (special) seemed to contain processed chicken in squares. Portion was adequate. The fish and chips - fairly small portions and neither the batter or chips were crisp. These were the cheaper items on the menu as most of the rest were £20 or over. Disappointed not to see any sort of pie on the menu at all and for a reasonable price.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took too long to get us all out to The Packhorse but a snowy weekend, a bit of sledging and then a great late lunch was a perfect day. Thank you to all at the pub, you have done and are doing a fantastic job.

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RH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice food but not very child friendly. Child meals could do with including vegtables

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PH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Burns night, poems, Skiffle & song, Busy, Bubbly, Brilliant.

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AH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Havent been here for years but was very impressed with the food and service would definitely go back.

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IG
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful old pub in a quintessentially English country village setting. The Sunday Roast was delicious with the meat (both beef and chicken) cooked to perfection, a large portion which was just as well as there was nothing on the dessert menu that appealed to me. However. My OH did enjoy his.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good food. Beautiful pub.

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AH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub, and accommodated us when we turned up with a dog.

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BM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn’t know Wednesday night was quiz night, but decided to join in and guess what? We won🤗🤣😳🍾
Prize was £25.00 😜

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VV
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well done South Stoke locals for reviving a beautiful old inn that had floundered, and for turning it to a thriving local business with top notch food. Lovely countryside all around and warm fires in winter, plenty of outdoor space in the warmer weather. Dog friendly too. South Stoke is a small village so please not too many cars!

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DR
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food amazing - service great - staff very attentive.

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SC
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A friend had visited and told me the food was very good so went with high expectations.
However menu was rather " pub orientated" but the food was good but not amazing.
It was a Tuesday evening and was rather quiet

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

celebrated a 70th birthday Sunday lunch with my family, fantastic service, fabulous food arrived perfectly cooked and hot food, hot! so often not the case in other establishments... Staff wonderful and most helpful, besides being very patient. Certainly will be returning, take a bow everyone at the Packhorse, you deserve it.

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v
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly welcome in this delightful country pub which I have known for many years and which has been sympathetically restored recently.
Our two young table waiters were most attentive and very helpful.
Food fantastic and innovative.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended the Packhorse by friends. On arrival we were extremely pleased by the lovely old building. We ordered drinks at the bar and were then shown to our table next to the fire on the first floor. The service was excellent and the food superb. For a living I stay in hotels all over Europe and Scandinavia so I eat in a lot of nice city center restaurants. In the Uk i reckon to get 1 truly great steak a year, abroad many more especially in Geermany. However the steak I received in the Packhorse was one of the best i have eaten for years.
A credit to all concerned, we will be back.

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JV
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been going to the Packhorse starting 15 years ago and am a shareholder. I consider my investment well placed. The food is a great improvement on pre-rescue days, although the ambience seems to be rather less 'local' than it used to be. It is definitely up-market by comparison, but has retained a large part of its rustic charm. My money is well-invested.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our New Years Eve Meal with friends. Tasty food, great beer and wine and good service for a such a busy night. Afterwards down to the bar for an enthusiastic live skiffle band/ sing along and a surprise midnight piper. Memorable night. Thanks

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GP
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you like idillic local pubs, full of history in the rustic countryside with great food and good service, this is a great destination!

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CB
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really looking forward to our third trip for dinner. Bit disappointed with choice especially starter, prawn dish finished and aubergine one not great couldn’t taste any artichoke just seemed like an average ratatouille. Salmon starter looked basic too just salmon placed on plate. Fish was good in fish and chips though. More seafood please

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We and our friends had a great evening: we are regulars but they hadn't been before and were particularly impressed by the atmosphere and the speedy and helpful service.

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MR
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and a traditional English pub ambiance.

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AL
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place in a beautiful little town!
The roasted ox cheek and rump of beef were delicious, tasty, as well as the burger.
Great place to drink the Cotswolds single malt whisky (yummy!).
The staff is friendly and easy going.

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AP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Xmas Eve meal with extended family.

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JW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food and super dog friendly. Lovely log fire.

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S
Bath
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good was superb and the staff could not do enough for us. We highly recommend The Packhorse.

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