The Packhorse Inn

4.5
113 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
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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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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3.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 29 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Really interesting menu, flexible for special dietary needs.

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5.0Dined on 18 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

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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2.0Dined on 16 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 14 June 2018

My brother was in Bath for a fleeting visit and we were able to book a table quite late in the day; neither of us had been to the new PackHorse before. The menu options seemed fairly limited ie pretty much standard pub fare, but we didn't expect much else. He had the fish and chips, I chose the ham and duck's egg. Both were perfectly satisfactory. For a starter I would definitely recommend the ravioli. The only slight disappointment was that the bottle of Sauvignon we had was not chilled, but the waitress did apologise, apparently all the chilled bottles had been served and ours came straight from the rack. Overall price was reasonable, the service excellent and I shall be returning.

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

A lovely relaxed place to celebrate a family birthday with mixed ages. The blue cheese arancini was really good. The pasta dish for children went down very well with the little ones. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Lovely to see The Packhorse open again... such a pretty pub in a picturesque village. Fantastic garden with a cosy vibe. Sunday lunch was very good and the food and drinks very reasonably priced. We had a lovely young man serving us who was only 16 and who was very professional and friendly. Will be back...

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Busy summer sunny evening but still great service by helpful and informative bar and waiting staff. Amazing historical building and lively local meant the atmosphere in the bar was great. Interesting mix of traditional and creative dishes reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

they really have created magic with the rescue & renovation of the packhorse. gorgeous pub garden, lovely authentic old building - and what a lovely meal. all generations loved it.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Excellent experience we are very fortunate to have this little gem on our doorstep without going into Bath.

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Wonderful good ,service and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend

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3.0Dined on 5 June 2018

The new Packhorse at South Stoke is a great place to go for Sunday lunch or a celebration meal.
We had a family get-together at the Packhorse in early June and it proved to be well worth the visit!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Another wonderful occasion with friends from NZ. Great food, atmosphere and service, a truly excellent community Pub well worth going out of your way to visit.

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Fabulous food, Hake was brilliantly cooked, so fresh, not usually tempted to a desert but pannacote was delicious. Everything we had was garden fresh and appealing to the eye, will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Enjoyed excellent meals and service. Relaxed atmosphere but prompt service.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Really excellent pub. Beautiful situation, beautiful building, great food and helpful staff. Definitely would go again

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Really lovey local pub with great food and a super wine list

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4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

It certainly lived up to expectations, and we have recommended it to friends already !

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4.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Wonderful location and simple interiors - very welcoming and can’t fault the service we had. The food was tasty but our 3 portions of triple cooked chips were disappointingly soggy. Should have sent them back but we were all too hungry. Otherwise loved it and have recommended to friends and family.

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5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Fab soup, lovely chips, great coffee, friendly service, comfy chair, lovely ambience.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Went to The Packhorse with my family. We were all super impressed with the whole evening. The staff were very friendly, made us laugh and were entertaining. The menu was varied and imaginative. We were all spoiled for choice, in fact want to go back for more! I wound thoroughly recommend this lovely community pub

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Excellent food and service and lovely location. Well worth the walk

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3.0Dined on 26 May 2018

My order was lost so we had to wait 50 minutes for our food. We were offered 10% off our bill. A table next to us also had their order lost and were offered free puddings. Suggest orders are dealt with better and a consistent approach if things go wrong.

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4.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Food was very good and the five of us had an enjoyable evening. The service could have been a little speedier - we were waiting a while to order and then to get the first course. The bench seating was a bit uncomfortable after two hours so next time I will ask for a table with chairs.

Will go again - it is so nice to see the efforts everyone has made to recreate a lovely pub in this small attractive village and the pub deserves to flourish.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

I have now been to The Packhorse to eat seven times since it has reopened. It is absolutely brilliant. The building, staff, atmosphere and food are all exceptional. I would highly recommend a visit. It is a gem.

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4.0Dined on 16 May 2018

First trip to relatively newly opened community pub - they are trying hard and prospects are really good but staff a little inexperienced. Will be a really good pub food venue when they get going. Very quiet on our midweek visit but looks like it could be heaving over the weekend - hope the kitchen can cope!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

High quality food in a wonderful and well renovated building. Really good value. Well worth the drive / walk outside of Bath city centre. Good local beers and nice garden. Will definitely be back. Thanks.

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Excellent food and service, well worth the short drive out of Bath. The pub has been really well restored, although the ground floor seating area we were in was slightly chilly and draughty. However, the food and drinks were enjoyed by all and we will certainly visit again.

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Lovely location, atmosphere and menu options. Such a great story behind this pub. Go and experience the history.

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2.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Lovely restoration of The Packhorse, however the food was very disappointing, especially so given the high profile 'names' associated with the kitchen. My cheese and chutney sandwich was poor - thick pieces of cheese between dry, cottonwool-like bread (gluten free - no other options given on the menu). My friend's fish was overcooked and the triple cooked fries uninspiring. After the extremely hard work of locals to restore and reopen this pub, the kitchen needs to up its game.

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4.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Thank you for a lovely Sunday lunch in the beautifully renovated Packhorse.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Lovely evening with great food and service. However there was a table with two dogs one of which was a larger dog. We noticed when food was being served to other tables the dog was up and sniffing the food. Whilst we don't have a problem with dogs being allowed we would have a big problem if this should happen to us. Would it be a good idea to have a dog friendly room so that customers can make an informed decision.

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