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The Packhorse Inn

4.6
69 reviews
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British
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  • Cosy
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Josh was excellent - super attentive service with lovely interpersonal touch also. My guest really enjoyed the whole experience - blown away by what the community has saved and put back into use again.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I used to go to this pub years ago and loved the location and the ambience. The recent refurb has preserved this and added good food. We had a lovely dinner. There were interesting choices. All the rooms are fitted in old-fashioned quality. The perfect village pub

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3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Painful service at the bar, at one point 4 of them behind there but only one serving. Mains took 45 mins and came out wrong but replaced very quickly without fuss. Had belly pork, small serving of meat but very tasty, all veg and Yorkshire pudding excellent. No crackling- unforgivable. Asked for warm milk with coffee, came cold. Sticky toffee pudding very nice but lukewarm. Overall ok but nowt startling. Service needs to improve.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Great experience in local pub with fresh delicious innovative food.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Met some friends for lunch (midweek) at the Packhorse and it was a great choice. The pub itself is beautiful, nestled in a small village just outside Bath (a few mins drive from the Skyline walk so ideal if you want to grab food before or after a walk). Recently refurbished, it's been done in a way to maintain the oldy worldy charm but with a slight contemporary feel, the decor was gorgeous. We arrived just before 12 so it was nice and quiet and the staff were very attentive and we never felt rushed by them at any point. The menu had a pretty decent choice of food (pub classics that were great for lunch and more interesting options that would have been ideal for dinner), something for everyone including kids who were given the option of smaller portions from the menu. I appreciated the gluten free options offered (there were a few on the menu). I opted for the burger and fries (the gluten free option was the burger without the bun), the rest of the party had the same or fish and chips. Everyone was happy with their meals, it all tasted great, the only thing I would say is that my bunless burger looked a bit sorry for itself in its presentation, a little salad garnish would have been nice. I was a little envious of the triple cooked chips that came with the fish dishes, they would have been perfect with my burger! But other than that it's a lovely little place worth checking out. I'd quite happily go back to try the other mains on the menu!

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

Good old school pub. No music, or TVs. Great local food, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great to see it open again.

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

First visit since major refurbishment. All newly decorated in pleasant pastel shades with oak tables etc. Arrived after busy lunch period and some chaos behind bar with piled up used glasses and four staff using two tills whilst another person was cashing up. Served after small wait and staff friendly and helpful. Food arrived quickly and was a mix of very good and not so good. Roast beef was very very rare and would not suit everyone. Potatoes and Yorkshire amazingly good. Cauliflower cheese with unpeeled turnip in was a strange mix and carrots had not been trimmed. Overall pleased enough to try it again soon and see how it all settles down.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Absolutely superb meal in a beautiful pared back setting.

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4.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Have visited five times since opening. Not been disappointed. Looking forward to many more .

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Family reunion with my Texan cousins.

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4.0Dined on 2 April 2018

We used to go to the Packhorse regularly for a drink before it sadly closed down because it is ideally situated for country walks and has unique history and character. The newly opened and refurbished Packhorse has preserved and enhanced the character and greatly improved as a place to eat, with a great menu, more space and friendly staff. We were there on a quiet night but noticed drinkers looking for a seat being refused tables because they were reserved for dining (although the tables remained unoccupied until closing). It would be a shame if it became the sort of pub where drinkers were less catered for than diners.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

The best Sunday roast ever paired with a perfect wine recommended by our very knowledgeable waiter. And if you haven't tried the Hobbs House bread with butter and pesto as a sharing starter you haven't lived. The dog friendly dining area downstairs made our lunch a complete family dining experience.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Superb English Sunday Roast Beef lunch in historic old building - my American visitors loved it!

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3.0Dined on 31 March 2018

The building is lovely and it has been refurbished beautifully, the outside space looked good and menu had plenty to choose from. The food was delicious and nicely presented, the only downside was the very poor bar service. No one acknowledged us for quite some time, I asked for a glass of wine and they did not know what they had available, it was just disorganised and not a friendly welcome at all. such a shame as it is so simple!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Fabulous food and great service - we look forward to dining there again soon.

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1.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Good food cosy pub atmosphere. Service could be improved

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

visited for a light saturday lunch. whether we chose a sandwich, a starter or a main - they were all a similar size!
lovely ambience, great to see them doing coffee & cake as well as beer & cider - it deserves a visit - you won't be disappointed - something for everyone!

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Excellent food. Would have no hesitation in recommending it. Unfortunately being Good Friday it was very busy at both bars with several muddy walkers coming in and then it got very crowded and noisy. despite this will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

A very busy pub but of course that's a good indication of good food and atmosphere. The food was , as expected to an excellent standard as was the sevice. Some dishes on the menu looked a little expensive though. All in all a very enjoyable dining experience and one to be recommended.

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Apart from people who think that everyone must love their dog or children as much as they do, as the tables are snug for space everyone needs to be considerate unfortunely not all of the 'locals' / 'new owners' seem to respect the limitations. The food & staff saved the day but lunchtime in a kindergarden is not for everyone so visit at the time of day before booking would be my recommendation!
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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

A real village pub. This is a community funded pub in an idyllic village on the outskirts of Bath. Newly refurbished, with several bars, real fires and good honest food at reasonable prices. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Great to be back at the Packhorse. Food and beer good, great atmosphere too.

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4.0Dined on 26 March 2018

I'm so delighted to see the pub reopen and congratulations to all those who made it possible. It's returned from the brink and better than ever!

Lovely location with parking. Ambience and staff awesome.

Outside seating for summer months.

Open log fires and even people quietly singing folk songs.

Some great beers and two choices of cider on draft with more by the bottle.

Food (2x£17) was a bit disappointing and very poor value but I raised this with James, the manager who very kindly wrote back a detailed response highlighting that the dish had been removed, though no offer of repeat visit to make up for it.

I'd have no hesitation recommending this amazingly place.

I'll put food down to poor description on the part of the pub which they have dealt with by removing the lamb shoulder.

Q - Would I go back?

A - Yes - and I already have. Probably for drinks though

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5.0Dined on 26 March 2018

Lovely evening with great atmosphere and wonderful food. Will definitely become a regular haunt.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Fantastic traditional Inn - such a relief that it has been saved. Wonderful food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Great Saturday lunch with friendly and attentive staff

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2.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Food v.good. Early days as they had not got their act together. Service appalling, one of us had eaten while the other had to wait 30 mins for food and had to eat on own, as order not put thru. The manager was most apologetic. It was a birthday celebration ! We would try again at a later date as I am sure things would have improved.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

So pleased that The Packhorse is open again! The refurbishment is outstanding having lost none of the authenticity and charm of the building. Staff were clearly very busy but the service was prompt & friendly.
Very impressed with the quality of the food although a little on the expensive side but then it was delicious. The vegetarian options for the main course are limited and although the gnocchi was amazing this is also (according to the website) the only option for Sunday lunch (why no veggie roast??).

To sum up I would recommend but personally my dining opportunities will be limited due to my dietary requirements.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

The Packhorse is a real gem and a must visit. The recent renovation has been done to an exceptional standard and the four hundred year old public house is a true delight. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere and the quality of the food is excellent.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

they looked after us so well and we were rather a large group! The food was amazing and the staff are extremely child friendly!

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Delicious meal and lovely atmosphere! It was a great lunch. Thank you

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Three visits in one week can we say more than that ? The first occasion was my in laws 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday which they enjoyed enormously .
Absolutely fabulous seventeenth century stunning country pub , privately owned by the local community .James and staff doing a marvelous job in there first week of opening . Incredible story and achievement by the local community getting this up and running again .
Food of the highest quality at a great price point.
The fish and chips last night 10/10 absolutely superb .
Garden looks magnificent and will be flooded with people once the weather improves .
We look forward to seeing you again next Wednesday for lunch .

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Fantastic food and a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. It is moving and inspiring to see this place open again, the food was beautifully cooked and reasonably priced. Thank you so much for a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

great for a casual meal or catch up with friends. the chocolate mousse was to die for!

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Excellent village pub with friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Food was wonderful and very good value.

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4.0Dined on 21 March 2018

All great, just very understaffed for number of covers. having only just re opened that's understanding, but they need to address this asap, before they loose clientele.

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

This is the second time I have dined at The Packhorse and (incredibly) it was even better than my first visit. The roasted cauliflower was bursting with flavour and the fruit fool was exquisite. My friends reported the fish and chips as being the best they had ever tasted! The only thing that could have made it a better dining experience would be to have the choice of triple cooked chips or skinny fries with the burger (the burger came with skinny fries and my friends had chip envy when they saw the fish and chips).

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Great lunch in the newly reopened Packhorse. Friendly, welcoming team and landlord James doing a great job. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Beautiful building in a beautiful setting. Friendly helpful staff, informal pub atmosphere and excellent food.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

The newly renovated Pachhorse has kept it authentic country pub feel but with lovely new loos, menu and fresh update.

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