The bar-dining room has an open fire, cushioned and wood-planked built-in wall seats, old photographs and oil paintings adorning the walls. The middle room has some pretty frieze work, a high shelf of wooden wader birds and stools against the green-painted counter where they keep Butcombe Bitter and Otter Bitter on handpump, 13 wines by the glass, several gins and farm cider on the bar. The gravelled terraces have wood and metal tables and chairs and picnic-sets. The peaceful village is surrounded by picturesque hills and valleys.
They offer highly regarded food – using home-baked bread and home-made yoghurt – includes sandwiches, crab, crayfish and chilli linguine, ham hock terrine with capers, venison burger with red cabbage slaw and chips, cheese and truffle macaroni with fennel salad, beer-battered fish with triple-cooked chips, confit duck leg with red wine risotto, lamb ragoût with mint and pomegranate gremolata and pasta, and puddings such as chocolate mousse with griottine cherries and stout sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce.
The carefully restored and enhanced annex houses 7 en-suite bedrooms, each with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. They welcome families and can provide extra beds and cots. The historic site of Bath city centre is just a 5-minute drive away. There are 7 lovely walks within the Monkton Combe valley, and narrow boating can be enjoyed on the Kennet and Avon canal which is 1 mile away.
Address: Church Lane, Monkton Combe, Bath, England, BA2 7HB