The Packhorse Inn

4.5
141 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch
  • 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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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dogs permitted, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine
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J
Bath
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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JD
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal in a beautiful old dining room. Afterwards we sat in the gorgeous gardens and took in the lovely view across the valley. I do not hesitate in recommending this bar/restaurant as a first class dining venue

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PM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal (3 different main meals which were all outstanding), the venue is in a beautiful setting outside Bath and the staff were charming. To top it off, npr were interviewing the brilliant people behind the renovation and running of the pub. We listened in and loved the passion and dedication to the cause. We will be back.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We went for Sunday lunch. I don’t like pink meat and the roast beef cane in thick, pink slices. Reader if was the best roast beef I have esten. My friends had fish & chips & enthused over the grilled haddock (no, I don’t get it either but they were ecstatic) . There wa a battered option too. Friendly, good food, heart warming back story, beautiful artisan loo doors (truly).
The downside: not much choice on the menu at least on Sunday - but they made up for it with quality

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L
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been looking forward to trying The Packhorse in its new guise as I knew it best in the 1980s when it was my favourite Bath pub by far. The transformation has been very sensitively and stylishly done - respecting the heritage and yet totally modern in what it offers. Delicious lunch in the garden in sunshine. Perfect.

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JP
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good to see the Packhorse up and running again
Would strongly recommend

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday meal with both grown up kids. Service was friendly and prompt and helpful. The table was cosy but chair a bit hard. Nice ambience though.
Starters were great leek and parmesan puff with fried egg was exceptional and the chardonnay soup unique. The mains were also good. The battered fish was crispy but not greasy and the burger superb. Sausage and mash equally tasty. The desserts were great as well.
At Eight o'clock there was a quiz which we really enjoyed, great fun at the end of the meal.
A very good evening and ensured we will be coming back.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining area was lovely - and the acapella group were wonderful!

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DB
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They have done a wonderful job restoring the pub, without destroying its character. Well done. The food was good and presented well, even though there was a mix up with our order. The only critical point we raise would be the noise. The window shutters banged, the half door onto the kitchen steps is noisy, and the movement of chairs on the stone floors are a conversation stopper. But don't let that detract from what was an enjoyable lunch, in a lovely setting. The garden area is super on a sunny day, and the upstairs dining area looked really good. Wish we had sat up there.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to the Packhorse 3 times in the last couple of months. Each time food has been very enjoyable. Staff are the right balance of friendly and courteous. The building has been revived and slightly enhanced and maintains its original glory. Would quite like to have been involved in its restoration, must have been fascinating.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food couldn’t fault anything .

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LG
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding pub with a lot of history, character and fantastic food!

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AS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Still new and I hope improving, great character pub and top cider. Young staff need better supervision as not attentive except to their phones (we had to get up from our table to get attention). Food was good but because service was so tardy didn't bother with a dessert.

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AS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We tried eating here two months ago and the service was awful and it was hard to review the food because we didn't actually get what we ordered and ended up with starter course as a mains! but this time we had less people in the party, the atmosphere in the pub was much better, calmer, quieter and more controlled and the service was much better, the food was very good and the ambience was so nice we stayed for an extra drink after our meal to sit in the bar and we even thought we'd go back for the regular quiz night! Who ever helped make these changes they have done a great job and we would now definitely recommend the pub to friends and family....amazing ice-cream and lemon tart too!

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FN
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our third visit since the reopening.
We love the walks in the area always end up at the Packhorse.
It’s so different, it’s lovely.

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R
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Disappointed that despite booking a table for 20.00 on a Saturday we were informed that there was only 1 steak left, 3 chickens and no fish and chips. This reduced the options available. Hopefully this is just an oversight but would have expected that on one of the busiest evenings of the week that high demand would have been catered for. That said the chicken was excellent and the cheesecake sublime

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SV
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a sticky start with some other guests objecting to the quizz the evening was amazing and staff very friendly

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We didn't appreciate that there would be a quiz night and Bingo played over a speaker system, which drowned out our conversation. It wasn't helped by the noise from four large ladies at the next door table, who had obviously come to have a very good time. Management were very sympathetic when we complained. We thought that the booking organisation should have warned us that Wednesday nights are noisy/gamesy nights and not for serious dining.

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RK
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful situation, very nice garden, good atmosphere and food. Immaculate Loos.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a glorious place. Lovely village gorgeous old pub. Stunning inside and out. Food is exceptional and imaginative not to mention delicious

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MT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere in a lovely setting the Packhorse is a venue for all occasions.

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

I love the relaxed, warm and friendly feel of the place. Staff are very welcoming and happy to help you with anything. For example my chair was a little narrow for me to sit comfortably so was obligingly changed for a bigger one. Food was tasty and good portions. Our waitress was really friendly and helpful. Overall a lovely atmosphere.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun evening with tasty food in a beautiful building. Highly recommended!

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RM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely, Declan our waiter was very nice and obviously good at his job.
We all had a fantastic time.

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DH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good friendly and relaxed atmosphere in lovely setting. Food is very good.
Don’t like salt and pepper served in sachets... tacky.

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PG
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the building - it has been renovated beautifully. The food was delicious and the staff friendly

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RS
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have visited the Packhorse a few times since it re-opened in MArch, and it has been excellent each time - great food, decent beer and a lovely garden

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AS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

We booked a table for 10 @6.30 pm on a Friday. The pub refurbishment was great, we hadn’t been there for many years, and the staff were friendly & polite but!! The service was terrible, we finally got to place food order about 7.30pm and waited till about 8.20 for the first food to arrive, it was just a one side order of veg and then one main meal arrived so one of the party had to start eating on their own, then two more mains arrived but they were in fact starter sized ravioli so we had to order extra sides to go with that, there were also no salad options available and on one of the hottest days of the year it seemed crazy that this wasn’t on offer. A few more main dishes arrived but there were still three people with no food and the sides orders for all mains also didn’t arrive. The staff serving us were under huge pressure and the heat was unbearable, so we felt sorry for them but they only offered us a round of drinks and a small bowl of extra chips for a hungry teenager we had with us, finally the last mains arrived, also ravioli but they were even smaller than the starter! Just one ravioli piece and the other two ravioli meals had two pieces... the debacle did detract from what would have been a really lovely evening. The food itself was delicious but half of us had starter sized meals so left hungry! they had also sold out of fish and chips by 6.40pm. They need to plan supply to meet the numbers of covers; when we booked we did say should we pre booked our meals but were told they only require that for groups of 12+, but I would preorder meals if you have group of 6+ particularly for weekend dining. We would like to go back but not with large group and not on a weekend. The waiting staff were amazing trying to deal with a stressful situation, the kitchen staff need to be better organised which would be a management issue.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Lovely location and great for outdoor eating but could do with some more umbrellas in this heat. Food excellent but service a little slow.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were 2 couples and had a very enjoyable evening meal. As it was a Saturday night it was extremely busy and the serving staff were overstretched. 3 of us had the fish of the day which was haddock, we had it grilled and it was delicious, served with amazing, crispy chips and wonderful minty mushy peas.
Very reasonably priced but would have liked another glass of wine!!!!! Staff too busy!
Lovely building and garden, which was full as it was a super sunny evening.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A really great village pub with atmosphere and friendly service. Food was lovely and good value. Drinks were equally good. We will certainly return

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AS
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really interesting menu, flexible for special dietary needs.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly welcome, interesting menu, excellent food and good service. It was very nice to see the place so busy on a weekday lunchtime.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious Sunday lunch at the Packhorse for Father’s Day. The food was really good with enormous home made Yorkshire pudding and tender roast pork. This is definitely above average pub food. It is reflected in the price (£16 for a roast) but worth it. The service was impeccable and everyone was very friendly. We will definitely be back.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food didn't live up to expectations. There was nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't special, indeed a little bland tasting.

The service was friendly, but a little slow.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The history of the heroic rescue by the local residents group was heart warming .
The building restoration and gardens are beautiful .
The food was pitched correctly for the surroundings and place .
I would have preferred more professional ,upbeat and attentive service .

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